Davos is calling

A pack of athletes will reach Turnpoint 6, Davos this morning

While the first few athletes reached Turnpoint 6 Davos yesterday, we can expect many more to reach it today.

Heavy rain and a storm meant pilots had to land before Davos yesterday, but this morning they have been hiking to either reach the Turnpoint, or to get in position to fly there.

With the first eight athletes already past the Turnpoint, 

Simon Oberrauner (AUT2) is approaching fast on foot, closely trailed by Manu Nubel (GER1) and Markus Anders (GER2) who are together. The three are neck-and-neck, jostling for 8th, 9th and 10th position.

To the south, Tom de Dorlodot (BEL) is in 11th position and hopes to be in Davos by midday. Antoine Girard (FRA3) has already been in the air and will also be hoping to reach the Turnpoint before lunch.

Just outside the top 10, in 13th and 14th position, Helmut Schrempf (AUT3) and Toma Coconea (ROU) both launched at about 10am and are about 20km from the Turnpoint.

Further back, Gavin McClurg (USA1) and Tobias Grossrubatscher (ITA2) have hiked hard this morning to put themselves in good position to fly. 

Grossrubatscher was in the air early, using light morning lift to soar along the valley before landing again. Using this technique an athlete can stitch together lots of smaller flights, while saving themselves from hiking.

With good flying conditions for much of the race, athletes must time their day so that they hike in the morning and fly when the thermals start. 

At Davos they must sign the sign-in board, before hiking on to the west – and Turnpoint 7 Titlis.

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