RED BULL X-ALPS DAY 8 SUMMARY

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 26, 2009 7:32 am

THE BATTLE BEHIND THE LEADERS INTENSIFIES

 

Blue skies and light winds: perfect flying conditions for Day Eight of the Red Bull X-Alps.
Race leader Christian Maurer (SUI3) was well on his way to Chamonix this afternoon following his dramatic climbing expedition up the Matterhorn yesterday.
Meanwhile, Alex Hofer (SUI1) was also paragliding, pushing south to try and get into sector in the Matterhorn turnpoint.
Evgeny Gryaznov (RUS) has burst into the top three today, having made a dramatic comeback over the past two days. Gryaznov is an excellent pilot, and his flying skills have catapulted him up the rankings.
Jouni Makkonen (FIN) has also rose fast through the rankings, and is now ninth, while Pak Takats is tenth. The Russian, Finnish and Hungarian athletes are newcomers to the Red Bull X-Alps and are giving more established names a run for their money.
Also in the top ten but now with a new supporter is Toma Coconea (ROM).
“Toma’s supporter Vasile Trifan has given up” reported race Director Steve Cox.  “He can’t do the job anymore, this is what he said on the phone with me just a few minutes ago. He has organised a replacement,” he continued.
Coconea’s new supporter is Daniel Pisica. Clearly it’s a tough job keeping up with Coconea.
At the back of the field, Lloyd Pennicuik (AUS) was the third athlete to be eliminated from the Red Bull X-Alps, today at 11:30.
But true to national character, the Aussie will be attending the after party in Monaco. No-one yet knows when that will be – as soon as next weekend, perhaps?
15.43: JULY 26, 2009. BREAKING NEWS: MÜLLER OUT.

After a sustaining a leg injury after a bad landing, Martin Müller (SUI2) has pulled out of the Red Bull X-Alps. Müller hurt himself upon landing last night and had hoped his leg would recover by today. However he now reports it is impossible to put any pressure on the leg and has withdrawn from the race. Müller was third in the 2007 Red Bull X-Alps.

 

 

 

 

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