Azaria Teklay Woldemariam Wins The Ascent of Grand Ballon d'Alsace Race
Azaria Teklay Woldemariam, the winner of the last two World Cups and three times Vice World Champion mountain race, wins the 33rd edition of the Ascent of large balloon. He beat the Swiss and Italian David Schneider Alex Balduccini. The first French Julien Rancon, finished fourth and takes the title of champion of France.
The place is legendary. From its 1424 m, the large balloon dominates the Vosges. And for 33 years, it dominates all the French mountain races in the season opening World Cup of the specialty. And this year, the organizers of this event counting for the championship of France had cold sweats because of persistent snow and weather conditions deplorable.
1000 meters below it is the excitement of the start line in Willer-sur-Thur. Then look at the last lap, last shot comb and a challenge for the best: get in the race time to browse 13km200 the rise. Then it's off.
A large multicolored ribbon that rushes into the main street in full view of spectators. For the vast majority of participants, it is the simple pleasure of being present. Because before heavyweights have widened the gap. Led by the reigning world champion, the Eritrean Teklay Azeria. In its wake, only great people, but not enough to annoy. In less than an hour he crossed the finish line in front of the Swiss and Schneider Balduccini Italian. The first is the fourth French.
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