GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES – GRAND FINAL:
Madalina Florea is untouchable!
We were expecting a tight duel between Sophia Laukli (Salomon, USA) and Judith Wyder (Hoka/Red Bull, Switzerland) and it took place, but it was Madalina Florea (Romania) who took everyone by surprise by winning the women’s prologue at this Golden Trail Series Grand Final. As well as her first place finish it was her finish time that really flashed: 39’00, 38 seconds faster than Sophia Laukli and 1’32″ faster than Judith Wyder.
“I had so much fun today! I just told myself I had to concentrate on my pace and nothing else. I didn’t notice the time go by or if the course was technical or not, I’d barely got going before I was already back! The trip to the USA for the two last stages enabled me to train at altitude and I think it paid off! I didn’t even feel tired at the finish line. I can’t wait for Saturday to go for victory again!”
Émilie Menuet was the fastest in the GTNS
Whilst the Elites’ ranking is playing out, this final also has the GTNS (National Series) going head-to-head. By finishing 9th overall Émilie Menuet (Odlo X-Alp, France) took first place in the GTNS in this prologue.
“A prologue is always an exciting race format; you get really pumped! I tried to keep a good pace and keep pushing and in the end I finished not far from the top 5 overall. I’m focused on the GTNS win but I also want to see where I stand compared to the Elites so I can prepare for next year if I qualify for the Golden Trail World Series. I don’t think I burned too much energy in this prologue and I can’t wait for Saturday now!”
Now, it’s the men’s turn
After the women, it’s time for the men’s prologue tomorrow. See you in Spotorno on 20th October at 4:30 pm for the second highlight of the Golden Trail Series Grand Final.
Results – Women’s Prologue
1 – MADALINA FLOREA (CSM SIGHISOARA – ROU): 0:39:00 (+100 pts)
1 – ÉMILIE MENUET (FRA – GTNS FRA): 0:43:18