Tag - Courmayeur


Oliviero Bosatelli race Leader

Race Leader: The 1st to enter the Campo Vita was Oliviero Bosatelli. He arrived at Cogne at 4:55 and came out at 5:04.
In the photo, he’s exiting the Campo Vita. His physical and mental conditions were impressive: it seemed he had just left Courmayeur, he was really fresh, motivated, calm.
Oliviero Bosatelli

Race Leader Julien Voaffray arrived in 2nd position, with about 1 hour of delay.
Race Leader


Km 50 (mile 31), Valgrisenche

Galerti Gianluca is leading Tor des Géants 2016. The race is a unique footrace that has met with a sensational success since its first edition. The Tor des Géants®, in the heart of the Italian Alps, is the world’s longest ultra trail (in terms of both elevation gain and kilometers) which crosses the entire Aosta Valley in a single stage.
Tor des Geants 2016 route will run along the Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 of the Valle d’Aosta, with the start and finishing line in Courmayeur, and will cover a total of around 336km (200 miles), with an altitude range of 24,000 meters. The landscape at the foot of the region’s Four-Thousanders makes the route especially spectacular.
Along the route there will be a number of rest, rescue and refreshment points, as well as seven larger bases that will divide the route up into seven sectors:
  • Courmayeur – Valgrisenche:                 50 km 4747 D+
  • Valgrisenche – Cogne:                          58 km 5082 D+
  • Cogne – Donnas:                                  45 km 2698 D+
  • Donnas – Gressoney St Jean:              54 km 6086 D+
  • Gressoney St Jean – Valtournenche:   33 km 3187 D+
  • Valtournenche – Ollomont:                   48 km 4904 D+
  • Ollomont – Courmayeur:                      50 km 4210 D+

Andrea Macchi & Julio Aldecoa

Tor des Geants

Andrea Macchi & Julio Aldecoa

Eric Breton
Tor des Géants
Galerti Gianluca
Oliviero Bosatelli
Tor des Géants


CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix

CCC set off at 9am this morning from Courmayeur in Italy. This race, which is in its 11th year, is limited to 1900 runners. The maximum time allowed is 26 hrs and 45 mins but the winners came in considerably earlier. The distance is 101km and there is 6100m of ascent.
Once again for this edition, it was a hot day out in the mountains.  The first few kilometers were on a different route to that of UTMB and the runners were treated to fantastic views of Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The passage of the Grand col Ferret (2537m) marked the entrance of the race into Switzerland, where the competitors went through La Fouly, Champex and Trient. It was Vallorcine next,  and the big ascent of the Vallons des Chezerys. Then a speedy run to reach the arrival arch in the heart of Chamonix.


© UTMB® – photo : Michel Cottin


The crowds were out in force at the finish line as they had stayed on after waving off the starters for the BIG race of the week, the “Queen” of the races in Chamonix, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which set off at 6 pm local time.
They had an extra treat as the first of the PTL teams came through after an incredible race which covers 290km with 26500m of ascent. The winning team was Abrico (the apricots) with a time of 107:39:37.

Male Rankings

Back to CCC and first through the famous arch for the men was Michel Lanne of France who ran through the archway carrying his baby daughter in his arms to the cheers of the crowd. The final men’s rankings were


  1. Michel LANNE, France,12:10:04
  2. Ruy UEDA, Japan, 12:15:20
  3. Giuliano CAVALLO, Italy, 12: 19:21


At the time of publishing the women’s results were not yet in but the standings were:

  1. Mimmi KOTKA, Sweden
  2. Jo MEEK, UK

We will update those women’s results on Facebook.
Congratulations to all the runners and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Irun4Ultra for live updates of the big event, UTMB 2016, the iconic, Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc