Pic credit: Franck Oddoux)
The organisers of the UTMB have announced the death of a Czech participant who fell during the 145km TDS race.
While the race was cancelled for some 1200 runners who were yet to pass the emergency scene, some 300 runners continued and it was Norway's Erik-Sebastian Krogvig who took victory.
The incident was reported at 12.25am on the descent of the Passeur de Pralognan at roughly 65km into the race. The deceased has not yet been named. Organisers said in a statement at 9.20am this morning: "The rescue team at the top of the pass responded to the scene immediately after the accident. State services were then notified, with a request for helicopter support. Despite all the care given to him, the runner succumbed to his injuries... The large family of trailers, and more particularly those of the UTMB®, are deeply saddened and join us in offering their condolences to the family and friends of the victim."
Organisers decided that, owing to the rescue operation, the safest action would be to reroute the runners waiting to pass back down the course to Bourg Saint Maurice where they were transported away.
Erik-Sebastian Krogvig finished the course at Chamonix in a time of 18 hours 49 minutes 58 seconds. France's Benoit Girondel was second, 9:21 behind, while France's Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon was third in 19:34:38. The winner had led since before Col du Joly at 33km from the end.
Winner Erik-Sebastian Krogvig (Credit: Franck Oddoux)
As far as the leading women are concerned, France's Manon Bohard stretched out a big lead over long-time challenger Russia's Ekaterina Mityaeva over the last few hours of the race.
Bohard completed the course in 23:11:14 - one hour and one minute in front of runner-up Giuditta Turini of Italy. By the end, Hungary's Ildiko Wermescher also came past the highly tipped Mityaeva, who had gone into virtually every checkpoint in the first half with a slight lead.
In fifth, Britain's Sophie Grant crossed the line hand in hand with France's Marie Dohin. The runner who was 11th in this race in 2019 has four times placed in the top 15 in the main UTMB race. Their time was 24:48:54.
Britain's Sophie Grant crosses the line with Marie Dohin(Credit: Franck Oddoux)