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SIERRE-ZINAL, AN UNPRECEDENTED STACKED FIELD!

13TH AUGUST 2022, Start 11:00 AM, 31 KM, 2,200M V+ SIERRE, SWITZERLAND For the 4th stage of the Golden Trail World Series takes place at Sierre-Zinal and welcomes an unprecedented stacked field!

There’s no time to relax! With the mud only just washed off from the third stage in Norway, the Golden Trail World Series’ runners are headed to Switzerland for the legendary Sierre-Zinal, the 4th stage in the 2022 season. What can we say about the outstanding list of runners that will be on the Swiss trails? The best trail runners from around the world will be defending their status with mountain specialists opposing road marathon experts. This 4th stage promises to be explosive, both on the women’s side as well as the men’s. Let’s check out the squad!

 

The times to beat:

 

Men’s record: 2:25:35 Kilian Jornet in 2019

Women’s record: 2:49:20 Maude Mathys in 2019

 

You can find all the specs of the course route by Suunto HERE

 

Discover who the favourites are at Sierre-Zinal, the GTWS 2022 4th stage:

 

The women:

She holds the course record, and even if she seemed less on form at Zegama due to a niggling injury at the start of the season, Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland) is still the great favourite at Sierre-Zinal, on a route that she knows like the back of her hand and suits her skills down to the ground. But she’s not out of the woods because this year she’ll be up against Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain). It remains to be seen how the current leader of the Golden Trail World Series will have recovered after her race at Stranda last weekend, where she suffered several falls in the technical section.  Anaïs Sabrié (Team Sidas X Matryx, France) also knows Sierre-Zinal really well, she finished third place last year behind Maude Mathys and Nienke Brinkman (Team Nike Trail, The Netherlands), and clocked a stunning fourth place this year at the Marathon du Mont-Blanc. The Europeans must nevertheless keep an eye on Joyce Njeru (Team Run2gether, Kenya) this year’s winner of the Nid d’Aigle (with a record time to cap it off), in front of Blandine L’Hirondel (Team Evadict, France) and winner of the Gir Di Mont Uphill 2022. We also can’t wait to see how Sophia Laukli (Team Salomon, USA) performs on this course after her victory at the Stranda Fjord Trail Race last week. All these girls still need to watch out for runners like Marcela Vasinova (Team Salomon, Czech Republic), Simone Troxler (Team Brooks, Switzerland), Lucy Murigi (Team Run2gether, Kenya), Varvara Shikanova (Team Salomon, Russia), and Nuria Gil (Spain). 

 

 

The men: 

Impossible to ignore: Kilian Jornet (Team Nnormal, Spain). Fitter than ever, every time Kilian has stood on a start line this year, it’s for a win, as it was at Zegama, and the Hardrock 100. Will he be able to hold the fort, one more time, up against his constant Pitbull at Sierre-Zinal: Robbie Simpson (Team Adidas Terrex, UK); 4 times in second place on this race, the Brit has already been beaten by Kilian Jornet five times in all. The uphill specialist, Rémi Bonnet (Team Salomon/Red Bull, Switzerland), is also a serious contender, even if he hasn’t yet managed to win at Sierre-ZInal, the Best Climber of the Golden Trail Championship 2020 will need to go all out if he wants to win on Saturday. Another runner who proved he has expert uphill skills this year is Patrick Kipngeno (Team Run2gether, Kenya). The Kenyan just won the Nid d’Aigle obliterating the record by more than 5 minutes. All these mountain experts should look out for the surprise guest! Hassan Chahdi (Team Adidas, France) is one of the best French marathon runners with a record established in Seville this year of 2h08’19’’. Let’s see what the Haute-Savoyard is capable of up against the best trailer runners in the world on the fast-rolling Sierre-Zinal course. We will also keep our eyes on Juan Carlos Carera(Team Buff, Mexico), Petro Mamu (Team Scarpa, Eritrea), Cesare Maestri (Team Nike Trail, Italy), Lengen Lolkurraru (Team Run2gether, Kenya), Frédéric Tranchand (Team Scott Running, France).

 

 

This fourth stage of the Golden Trail World Series promises to be exciting with the exceptionally stacked field and duels between runners; pure mountain experts and road runners. See you on 13th August 2022 in Sierre to see who the winning athletes will be!

 

Follow the stories LIVE during the race on the Golden Trail Series Instagram page, as well as the live stream on the Golden Trail Series Facebook page, on Golden Trail TV or at www.goldentrailseries.com  

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