An athlete proves positive in the antidoping testing carried out at the latest edition of the Mezzalama Trophy.

Doping at the Mezzalama Trophy. An athlete proves positive in the antidoping testing carried out at the latest edition of the Mezzalama Trophy.
A letter has arrived at the Mezzalama Trophy Foundation’s offices from Antidoping Switzerland, which manages antidoping testing for the Grande Course races, reporting a positive result among the tests carried out on 4 May 2013.
The substance found in the test is furosemide. Antidoping Switzerland has sent the file to the appropriate bodies, which will inform the athlete concerned.
“We came to know of this positive result a few days ago,” said Adriano Favre, technical manager of the the Mezzalama Trophy, “and we would have liked to never have received news like this. The substance that was found is one of a group of diuretics and the athlete with the positive result is not one of the top skiers. Even if it is a positive result, I imagine that it was an oversight on the part of the athlete, without the intention of bettering performance. In the next few days we will follow the development of the event carefully.”

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The army unexpectedly won the 19th Mezzalama Trophy. Of the women, the outsiders Besseghini, Nicolini and Rossi were the first to cross the finish line.

The Mezzalama Trophy Foundation’s decision to move the date of the start of the 19th edition proved to be a good one. In fact, this morning the three hundred teams gathered on what could be defined as a perfect day, making for an unforgettable edition.The start, anticipated by thirty minutes to take advantage of the good weather, was from Breuil-Cervinia (2050 m) at 5 am. With the first red light of dawn the stars left the scene in the shade of Cervino announcing a splendid day.The team composed of Manfred Reichegger, Matteo Eydallin and Damiano Lenzi of the Army Sports Centre in Courmayeur took the lead immediately followed by the Michele Boscacci, Pietro Lanfranchi and Lorenzo Holzknecht team. Behind them the favourites, the Franco-Spanish team Kilian Jornet Burgada, William Bon Mardion and Matheo Jacquemoud followed. But the Spanish champion was not up to his usual standard.

The situation of the leading teams stayed the same until the summit of Castore (4226 m) reached in the record time of 2:30’30’’, a good four minutes less than the record established in 2009.In the climb towards the Naso of Lyskamm (4100 m) the Franco-Spanish team, led by the very young Jacquemoud, overtook the Boscacci, Lanfranchi and Holzknecht team. In the long descent towards Gressoney, they also managed to undermine the pacemakers Reichegger, Eydallin and Lenzi. But the latter, after the technical change over at Canalino dell’Aquila, increased the distance until crossing the finish line at Gressoney-La-Trinité (1650 m) with a one-minute advantage in the extraordinary time of 4:16’37’’. It cannot be compared to the record time in 2009 of 4:0’22’ because this time the second part of the route was considerably longer from the check point at the Rifugio Sella and from the variation on the Naso. Completing the podium, with a gap of 12 minutes, was the Boscacci, Lanfranchi, Holzknecht team. Of the women, the favourites Gloriana Pellissier, Mireia Mirò and Laetitia Roux were left behind on the climb to Plateau Rosa by problems experienced by the leader of the team and Mezzalama champion Pellissier. Laura Besseghini, Raffaella Rossi from the Valtelina Valley and the young Elena Nicolini from Trentino took advantage of the situation and took the lead of the race, keeping it until the finish line. This nineteenth edition, postponed by a week because of bad weather, had a most unexpected sunny day. The conditions of the route were also favoured by recent snow falls which covered the crevasses and the surface ice, but also really put Adriano Favre’s staff of alpine guides to the test. With respect to the past, the technical manager of the Mezzalama improved the flow of the implementation of the event, doubling the tracks under the summit of the Castore and adopting a direct variant on the Naso of Lysakmn. All the participants, half of the teams were foreign, admired the excellent work of the organisers confirming that the “marathon of the glaciers” of Monte Rosa is the best show case of the Valle d’Aosta mountains.

Men’s classification

1. Centro Sportivo Esercito - Manfred Reichegger (IT) - Damiano Lenzi (IT) - Matteo Eydallin (IT): 04:16:37;

2. La Sportiva - Crazy Idea - William Bon Mardion (FR) - Mathèo Jacquemoud (FR) - Kilian Jornet Burgada (ES): 04:17:37;

3. Team CAMP/SKI TRAB - Michele Boscacci (IT) - Pietro Lanfranchi (IT) - Lorenzo Holzknecht (IT): 04:28:27.

Women’s classification

1. Team La Sportiva Women - Laura Besseghini (IT) - Raffaella Rossi (IT) - Elena Nicolini (IT): 06:04:14;

2. Locatelli/Richard/Cazzanelli - Tatiana Locatelli (IT) - Mireille Richard (CH) - Alessandra Cazzanelli (IT): 07:27:25;

3. Team Bandavej KRATOS - Claudia Comello (IT) - Sonia Balbis (IT) - Claudia Stettler (CH): 07:44:04.

The track, after the latest snow falls, is in excellent condition. There is a metre and a half of fresh snow. The start has been anticipated to 5 am.

“The snowfalls of the last few days”, said Adricano Favre, “have improved the conditions of the track with respect to the first inspections of some weeks ago. The green ice that characterises a good part of the track has been covered by a layer of fresh snow that in some sections is up to a metre and a half deep. Towards Gressoney the quantities are larger than the Colle del Breithorn area. The conditions are good; in the last few hours we have checked and made good all the areas with critical points. In the band that goes from 3,000 to 4,000 metres the quantities of snow are significant, plus the wind has caused the formation of some mounds, which we made good this morning.”
“In the last few hours”, continued Favre, “we have decided to anticipate the start by thirty minutes, therefore the set off will be from Breuil-Cervinia at 5 am. We wanted to anticipate the start to have a wider margin of safety with the weather. The latest forecasts predict that from the first hours of the day the conditions will improve.”
“As regards the climb to the Naso del Lyskamm”, concluded Favre, “we have found a new path to reach the peak. The athletes will go up wearing crampons directly from the foot of the Naso, following a line that will take them to within a few metres of the summit. The change for the next leg will be at the base of the east slope because it is impossible to put skis on beforehand. This new line is in the middle of the wall between the traditional path of the Naso and the one they climbed in 2011.”
Therefore everything has been confirmed for the 19th edition of the Mezzalama Trophy; the programme of the “Marathon of the Glaciers” began this morning at Valtournenche with accreditation of the teams.
In order to give the public the possibility to follow the race the ski lifts will be open and free of charge from 4:30 in the morning for the ascent and descent of Plateau Rosà.

Weather Report 03/05/2013 and Start List

XIX Trofeo Mezzalama - 4 Mai 2013

May 4, 2013

VALTOURNENCHE – May 3 (Friday)
Congress centre/Sports centre (follow road signs)

h.10:30-h.18:30 Teams check-in and inspection of materials

You’ll get a coupon for your hotel, three coupons for lunch in Gressoney on Saturday,
bibs, participation gadgets and 3 numbered sacks.
The SACKS can be used to transfer your personal effects from Breuil Cervinia to Gressoney La Trinité and should be left in Bardoney area, close to the start. They will be transported to Gressoney by the army trucks providing this service.
The organisation will not be held responsible for any sacks left in hotels.

h. 14:00–h. 18:00 Press and guest accreditation
h. 14:00- h. 19:00 Sports Centre – Post stamp special cancellation service for the event

h. 18:30 CONGRESS HALL – Technical briefing for team leaders
h. 19:30 Press briefing (Hotel Bijou)

BREUIL CERVINIA – May 4, Saturday

h. 4:00 ARVA inspection

h. 04:30 Opening of Breuil-Cervinia – Plateau Rosà ski lift
Free ascent from 4:30 to 8:00. Free descent until 9:00.
The public may go directly to the ski lift without going through the ticket office.

h. 5:00 START

GRESSONEY- LA-TRINITE’ – May 4, Saturday

h. 6:00 Opening of Stafal-Gabiet cableway. Free ascent until 8h00. At that time lifts will close and then open again at 08h45.

h. 9:00-17:00 Special post stamp cancellation service at the Poste Italiane gazebo in the finish line area

h. 8:45-10:30 Web direct in streaming on:

h. 11:00 Tomas Busca, a Gressoney Ski instructor, will jump from the helicopter 5000m high on the Naso del Lyskamm line wirh his wingsuit and will land in Gressoney, finish area

h. 12:00 Flowers ceremony and press conference with the winners of the Mezzalama Trophy



h. 16:00 Dept of buses bringing teams back to Breuil-Cervinia


When you arrive in Gressoney-La-Trinité, you will be able to use SHOWERS in the finish line area: three hotels will put at your disposal some rooms for this purpose. In the same area you will find the tents from which to pick up your baggage SACKS.

Access to the hall and to the two hotels for LUNCH will be permitted exclusively upon presentation of the lunch coupon received on Friday in Valtournenche.

Definitive Start List
Weather Report 03/05/2013
Ferrino Shop Mezzalama
Pellissier Helicopter
Agusta westland
Cervino SPA
Monterosa Ski
Sport Studio