Tor des Geants

Endurance Trail 330 km - 24000m D+11-18 September 2016
Jules Henri Gabioud

Jules Henri Gabioud

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:23 -- redazione-milano

“The forgotten winner”

JULES HENRI GABIOUD
Bib number 1 - withdrawn at Tor des Géants 2012
Bib number 320 - 1st place - 79:58:26 at Tor des Géants 2011

 

Gabioud, 24-year-old from La Fouly, is a new name in the edition 2011 of the Tor. No prediction included him amongst the possible contenders for victory: in hindsight his win at Valdigne -55 km and tenth position at CCC just two weeks before, should have caught the attention of more than one reporter.

He set off on the sly, he worked his way through the rankings day by day, sleeping just three hours and a half during the race.

I wonder if Jules Henri before the Tor had dreamed of being able to climb on the top step of the podium? Certainly he could never have imagined that the victory would have come because of the disqualification of the competitor in front of him. The course error that for Gazzola may represent the regret of a lifetime, for the young Swiss could become a curse: in a few years what will we remember about it?
The disqualification of Gazzola or the victory of Gabioud?

 

JULES HENRI GABIOUD
Bib number 320 – 1st - 79:58:26 at the Tor des Géants 2011
Spirito Trail, November 2011 / extract