Lahti and Windisch win in the French Alps
PRA-LOUP (France) At the highest topographic race of the season (2000m), former Junior World Champion Mirko Lahti (FIN) prevailed, beating notable athletes such as previous winner Michael Urban (CZE). The 350m long track had many technical obstacles and placed Richard Van Wijhe (SWE) in second, who had finished third in the first race of the season. Robin Worling (CAN) took third place, narrowly beating long time competitor Patrick Merz (SUI).
With two wins in two races, Women's World Champion Veronika Windisch is again in a class of her own. This time trailed by Justine Zonne from Latvia and Virginie Schneider from Belgium.
Arthur Richalet-Chadeur was able to meet the high expectations of the French association on their home track placing third place, only behind the two Finns, Linus Ollikainen and Elias Vauhkonen, in the Junior category.
The next stop on the tour is Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici in frigid Canada followed by Lost Valley in the United States.
Men: 1st Mirko Lahti (FIN), 2nd Richard Van Wijhe (SWE), 3rd Robin Worling (CAN), 4th Patrick Mertz (SUI), 5th Leevi Nakari (FIN), 6th Eric Milinkovic (CAN), 7th Martin Nahlovski (CZE), 8th Kevin Sciboz (SUI), 9th Max Nymark (FIN), 10th Laurent Goulet Garneau (CAN)
Women: 1st Veronika Windisch (AUT), 2nd Justine Zonne (LAT), 3rd Virginie Schneider (BEL)
Juniors: 1st Linus Ollikainen (FIN), 2nd Elias Vauhkonen (FIN), 3rd Artur Richael-Chadeut (FRA)