Summary of the 2013 edition
La Transjurassienne took place on the original track
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Events of Sunday, February 10, 2013 (Free technique results)
35th Transjurassienne : A historical double… A 100% French Men/Women victory, despite the international elite!
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The Franche-Comté was celebrating this Sunday the famous French cross-country festivities with 3119 skiers from all over the world. At the start in Lamoura, the -20°C did not discourage the faithful participants, amators and champions who were ready to face the 76km between Lamoura and Mouthe.
For the 35th edition of La Transjurassienne, the Jura mountains were showing its best visage, entirely covered with white snow shining under the sun. Breathtaking sceneries all along the original and mythical track as well as numerous spectators supporting the braves.
2004 was the last time we saw a 100% French podium… Benoît CHAUVET (Bib # 5) and Emilien BUISSON (Bib # 24) both from Haute-Savoie as well as Adrien MOUGEL (Bib # 16) from Les Vosges made our dream come true by taking over the whole podium! Thanks to their tactics based on mutual aid, they managed to defeat their competitors. It all happened around Chaux-Neuve, where Benoît CHAUVET took the head of the race alone, until the finished line which he reached in 3h24 mn… The winner in 2011, he admits that “This was even more emotional” since today he wins “the true Transju, the 76km”, which he will try to win again next year. With this victory he reaches the first place of the FIS Marathon Cup ranking, ex aequo with Sergio BONALDI. Adrien MOUGEL finished alone too, 2 minutes after his sport mate. The highlight of the race was the final sprint won by the French Emilien BUISSON against the Italian Sergio BONALDI.
After the first 40 km a group was formed with ten skiers, among which the Italian Stéphanie SANTER (Bib # 5006), the Ukrainian Valentina SHEVCHENKO (Bib # 5001), the French Célia BOURGEOIS (Bib # 5005) in great shape, and the Estonian Tatjana MANNIMA (Bib # 5002). A duo takes the head of the race in Bellefontaine, composed of Célia BOURGEOIS and the Estonian, currently 2nd in the FIS Marathon Cup ranking. With strong determination, the French from le Jura leaves her competitor behind and races solo until the finish line in 2h44mn. The Italian fought fiercely to retain her 2nd place like in 2012, tightly followed by Valentina SHEVCHENKO, the winner in 2012. Tatjana MANNIMA, who slowed her pace after Bellefontaine, could not catch up and finishes 4th, followed by the Italian Antonella CONFORTOLA.
The official provisional results
Events of Saturday, February 9, 2013 (classic technique results)
Between Les Rousses and Mouthe, blue sky and sun were welcoming the 993 skiers enlisted on the 50km and the 25km race.
The first 12 kilometers gave the race its fast pace, due to good snow and weather conditions. A group of 10 skiers was formed around Chaux-Neuve, led by Mathias WIBAULT (Bib # 1) and Pierre CHAUVET until the final sprint. Then six racers started a sprint 2 kilometers from the finish line. Pierre Guedon finishes first, breaking the record in 2h24. “This was my first Transju, and I did not know the track” said Pierre to the journalists, smiling broadly. His main competitor and reputed sprinter, Bastien BUTTIN, finishes 2nd, slightly disappointed but a good sport. Bertrand HAMOUMRAOUI from Haute-Savoie, 2nd in 2012, finishes 3rd followed by Pierre CHAUVET. A great day for the Savoie and Haute-Savoie departments, walking off with the 5 first places!
No big surprise since the leading group remained the same throughout the race: Gaëtane PERRET (Bib # 73) took the head of the race followed by 10 skiers. 3rd in 2012, she will have run this “Classical Transjurassienne” solo for the most part, and won quite easily. “I was lacking confidence at the start, but I tried the best I could” said Gaëtane who finished in 2h45mn (to be compared with Annick VAXELAIRE’s 3h02 in 2012). Marion COLIN (Bib # 79), several times Junior French Champion and Iris PESSEY (Bib # 39), both aged 20, finished 2nd and 3rd after a beautiful sprint. Marion COLIN, who participated in la Transjurassienne for the first time, was “delighted” to step on the podium and be part of the rising stars.
Find the results of the 2013 edition on the website of the official timekeeper