Even though the leading pack has been flying for hours, it's not a racy day.
Progress is proving to be challenging today. The field is split between those who have managed to reach Turnpoint 5 Lermoos - Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, and those who still have to reach it.
The lead group is led by Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Patrick von Känel (SUI2). In no particular order because they have been leapfrogging all day. Patrick is showing an incredible performance here, being able to keep up with Chrigel, giving him a hard time, pushing and leading the way. No magic moves today so far, Patrick has been able to counter any attempt of the champion to get away.
Meanwhile, the battle for third and fourth place is going on just behind the leaders. It's Benoît Outters (FRA2) that is breaking away just now, but he is following a tricky line, straight toward a wide stretch of the Rhine valley.
The next one up is Maxime Pinot (FRA1) who is diverting south towards Patricks line. Meanwhile, Aaron Durogati (ITA1) has been chasing hard flying along the mountain range of Vorarlberg. He is now on foot but at high altitude, looking to get a good flight in and catch the leaders.
No more than ten to twenty kilometers away are five more athletes, bringing the close race field at the front to a total of eleven athletes.
At the back before TP5, there is not a lot of flying going on. In the pack, Tommy Friedrich (AUT3) is fighting back hard. He had a nice flight of about 50km putting him just ahead of Laurie Genovese (FRA4) in 18th place. He's showing real character for the youngest contestant ever, and if he keeps it up he might just surprise us a bit more.
None of the athletes have pulled a night pass.
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