Markus Anders (GER1) has hiked 38km through the night and was leading the race on his way to Turnpoint 3 Chiemgau Achental this morning. Unfortunately, his gamble did not pay off – his less direct route, which we can only assume hoped would give him access to East-facing mountain ridges in the morning, put him behind the current lead pack, who have just reached Turnpoint 3.
As athletes headed to Turnpoint 2 yesterday afternoon the race began to spread out. For some, it has been high flying all the way from Turnpoint 1, Hahnenkamm, but others had to hit the road. Pal Takats (HUN) was the first to cross over Zell am See in Austria. Meanwhile, some athletes were as far as 100km behind the leaders.
It was a big day for Pal Takats (HUN) who took a gamble with some amazing bold flying, which eventually paid off. Pushing out alone early on, he managed to stay ahead of the chasing pack. While it looked like a split field, Race Director Ferdinand Vogel said “You never know at Red Bull X-Alps!”
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