Started. In real time - 10h00 o’clock a.m. - and with the ideal time - sun and fresh air - the 770 trailers of the Tor des Géants® 2016, the one that during the Saturday evening have picked up the bib during the big party at the Courmayeur Forum Sport Center of Dolonne. The departure happened in a multicolor joyful setting. The fans are a fundamental ingredient in a departure to remember for the emotions and the contest.
Gianluca Galeati, one of the podium pretender (second last year) at the race head since the first passes, at La Thuile, after 16,6 km and at the Deffeyes Refuge, at 2.550 m D+. In both points he passed without stop. At Promoud, directly to the first life base, that of Valgrisenche, at the 50 km, the first important withdrawal, that of the Irish Dan Doherty, that was following Galeati of 8 minutes. Doherty was obliged to the withdrawal also last year, yesterday Dan has said “maybe Dan is the trailers that I fear more”. At Promoud, with less outstrip, has passed in the first afternoon also the two “first ladies”, Silvia Trigueros Garrote and Lisa Borzani.
Galeati at the race head also at the 2.829 m of the Col de la Crosatie, before the big descent (1.000 m D-) on Valgrisenche where he arrived at 5.35 p.m. with big vantage on his main contenders Eric Breton (from Canada) and Nahuel Passerat (form France).
Meanwhile, in that opening day, we have to remember, the big support of the habitants of Cogne at the Tor des Géants®. One of the head of VDA Trailers, arrived early in the morning, as found a big delegation of citizen of Cogne to received him. A lot of people and volunteers were ready to prepare the life base, at 106 km from the start, where tomorrow early in the morning will arrive the head of the race, briefly and in perfect way. The solidarity of the Aosta Valley people overcomes the barrieres.