Also the sports minister of Pedavena Luca Lotti joined for a greeting to the Paragliding World Championship and also to congratulate the organizers.
Race stopped at 14.24 for little rain over Feltre. The good news are that the kilometers done by the pilots will be valid for the rankings. Bringing home the best results of the day has been Germany who dominated the task; winning the first, second and third place in the overall ranking with Torsten Siegel, Andreas Malecki and Marc Wensauer. The best results of the day amongst women are Laurie Genovese (FRA), Emanuelle Zufferey (SUI) and Yvonne Dathe (GER).
The pilots started today at 13.00 crossing the starting line above Croce d’Aune. They split immediately into two groups: the first aimed to bypass the first turning point from the north, choosing to fly along the mountain ridge. This had been the strategy that in the previous days had been the winning one, but not today. Today’s weather conditions had in fact favored the group that aimed the way south at the first turning point, above the plain of Feltre: the thermals are good and the pilots maintain easily height and speed and ensure a fast flight. On the way to the second turning point, to be crossed above Monte Avena, the leading pilots stuck without thermals in the passage above Telva and lose a great part of their advantage. The passage of the second turning point takes place in a substantially compact manner, with the pursuers catching the leading group on their way to the third turning point, which has been bypassed above Stabbie. Then, when the paragliding wings were already on their way to Rasai in direction to the fourth turning point, while the pilots were again above Telva, it started to rain and with the rain the task had been stopped. The race is valid and the winners of the day have accumulated precious points regarding Saturday, the last day of the Paragliding World Championship.
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The temporary ranking of today's task, waiting for the last technical checks that will only take place late in the evening, is as follows:
men: Torsten Siegel (GER) , Andreas Malecki (GER), Marc Wensauer (GER)
women: Laurie Genovese (FRA), Emanuelle Zufferey (SUI), Yvonne Dathe (GER).
A general provisional classification, waiting for the last technical checks that will take place only in the late evening, is as follows:
Overall: Jurij Vidic (SLO), Dusan Oroz (SLO), Pierre Remy (FRA)
women: Seiko Fukuoka Neville (FRA), Kari Ellis (AUS), Silvia Buzzi Ferraris (ITA)
teams: Francia, Slovenia, Svizzera