Relive the Action - That was Day 10
With Red Bull X-Alps 2019 around the corner you might already want to get yourself into race mode. No worries, we've got you!
Relive every step in our recap of the greatest moments; from intense battles and mesmerizing live footage to the athlete’s unique insights. This was Day 10, of the last Red Bull X-Alps in 2017!
On Day 11 the race took its toll on body and mind of more than one athlete. Che Golus (AUS), Aaron Durogati (ITA1), Antoine Girard (FRA1) and Stephan Gruber (AUT2) all had to retire because of injury. Likewise Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) was in 2nd, chasing Christian Maurer (SUI1) down, when an accident cut his amazing journey short.
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"It was the most unefficient day I ever had in Red Bull X-Alps."
Even Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) himself is starting to feel the pace and his right knee is now causing him trouble. "My right knee is painful," he told us. "It is okay uphill, but after two hours it is very painful on the flat. Because of this, I will be doing as much hike and fly as possible. But the biggest problem is that I can't use full speed bar because I can only push it with my left leg. This is very strange for me."
It turned out it wasn't the greatest flying day for the Swiss either, very low clouds and overall weak conditions made him land again on a grassy hill he took off from after a short flight. "It was the most unefficient day I ever had in Red Bull X-Alps."
In the meantime Benoit Outters (FRA2) launched 67km behind Maurer. "My plan is to fly as far as possible and after that it's walk, walk, walk." Would the French be able to catch him on the last stretch to Monaco, with a Night Pass still in his pocket?
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In the meantime the intense battle for 3rd place among the icy peaks of the Matterhorn took place with no less than 5 athletes in for it.
Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) managed to tag Turnpoint 6 from the air just to rise to over 3500m sea level with his paraglider afterwards.
Behind him Simon Oberrauner (AUT2) was the first to launch spectacularly from the side of the mountain, after him Ferdy van Schelven (NED), Stanislav Mayer (CZE) and Manuel Nübel (GER1).
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Photos © zooom / Honza Zak, Sebastian Marko, Harald Tauderer, Vitek Ludvik