RED BULL X-ALPS DAY 9 SUMMARY

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 27, 2009 10:27 am

HOFER TRIES TO CLOSE GAP ON MAURER

 

A cold front is moving into the northern Alps, bringing clouds and more unstable weather to break the drought of thermals athletes have had to contend with this morning. 
“It was super stable this morning,” says Thomas Theurillat, supporter to race leader Christian Maurer (SUI3). “Not a beep on the vario.”
The frontal system may pin down some of those further to the east and north of Chamonix. Theurillat reports a west wind at their position, and more unstable conditions settling in with clouds to the north and blue skies south. 
Maurer intends flying again this afternoon. He is heading south to a suitable launch, while some 56km back, Alex Hofer (SUI1) has finally launched and is soaring the Pierre Avoi peak at 2300m.
Meanwhile the fight for podium positions continues as Aidan Toase (GBR) and Honza Rejmanek (USA) approach the Matterhorn turnpoint just a few kilometres apart. Rejmanek produced a solid flight to land five kilometres up the Rhone Valley whil Toase landed further back but was quickly chasing on foot.
Evgeny Gryaznov (RUS) was in pursuit via the Southern route and will attempt to cross the same glacier as Christian Maurer two days earlier. He hopes this direct course will move him up to third position.
Heli Eichholzer (AUT1) was eliminated today after an airspace violation near Locarno, Switzerland. Check back for the latest in mountain sports.

 

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