The Swiss is the first winner of the 2021 Adamello Ultra Trail, completing the intermediate distance in 11:50:57. Second place for Mauro Rasom and third for Andrea Sorteni. Sperger triumphs in the Women’s category
The first winner of the 2021 Adamello Ultra Trail is Walter Masner, who edged the 90 km race with a 11:50:57 time on Friday, September 24th. The athlete from Wartau, Switzerland, controlled the pace in the early part of the race, before escaping in a solo action and leaving all the opponents behind.
After the start in Vezza d’Oglio at 7 AM, a 5-man group got clear, including Manser, 2019 champion Luca Carrara, Georg Piazza, Mauro Rasom and Dino Melzani. Around the 20km checkpoint, Piazza tried to escape and only Manser was able to keep the pace. The Suisse runner took the solo lead after 6 hours in the race at the Graole time check: from there, the gap kept increasing until the finish line in Vezza d’Oglio, reached with an advantage of 20:47” on Mauro Rasom and 1:01:35 on Andrea Sorteni.
Behind the Swiss, Italian Rasom chased Piazza – who started strong but could not keep the pace until the end – and finished second. Behind him, home athlete Andrea Sorteni was a protagonist of a remarkable comeback and finished third overall.
Thanks to this success, Manser got his first win in 2021, after the prestigious triumph in the 90 km SwissPeaks last year. “This is one of the best races I have ever run and I am pleased to be here – said Manser after the finish line -. I never felt under pressure and around km 40 I took the initiative and raised the pace. Now I just feel like resting, tomorrow (Saturday, ed.) I will be on the route supporting Denise Zimmerman in the 170 km race and then I will think about the remainder of the season”.
Solo win as well in the Women’s category, with German Eva Sperger able to complete the race in 14:38:51.
Updates will follow tomorrow, Saturday, September 25th.