Mountain race. Stratospheric, Sylvain Cadard wins a third national championship!

He is on another world.

Mountain race. Stratospheric, Sylvain Cadard wins a third national championship!

He is on another world. Sylvain Cadard raced to the finish in first place on Sunday's 11.5 km course (890m of elevation gain) in Arrens-Marsous. Nobody was in the rearview mirror. At 23 years old, the EAG38 rider won his third consecutive title as national champion after 2020 and 2021. This was the first time since 2012-2013-14 and the hat trick of Iserois Julien Rancon, AL Echirolles.

The 41-year old runner, who is clearly stainless, finished third in the French championship on Sunday behind Loic Robert, of Esclops d'Azun. These two men were several minutes behind the winner, and Remi Lonchampt was their first hope. These four men should be able to get tickets for the European Championships at El Paso (Canary Islands), July 1-3.

First victory for Haute Savoie Elise Poncet d'Athle St Julien 1974 among the ladies. Normande Blandine l'Hirondel, who was absent on Sunday in Pyrenees, is her successor. The podium is completed by Mathilde Sagnes, Esclops D'Azun, and Christel dewalle (Athle St Julien74).

Sylvain Cchard, triple French champion: "The French championships in the last two years were an end in and of themselves. The goal this year is "Europe", even though I would love to respect the "France"! All my friends know that I was in the bottom of this hole this winter. Font-Romeu was where I trained all winter with Remi (Lonchampt), sometimes they took me ...".

Remi Lonchampt, champion of France hope: "I had concentrated my preparation for the mountain France''. I had decided to run a bit. I knew that I was in the right group and made a careful descent. It's fantastic fun. I was hoping to reach the top 4.

At the microphone for Trails Endurance Magazine.

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