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ITALY WON BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM CLASSIFICATIONS AT XXII WORLD HANG GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIP

ITALY WON BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM CLASSIFICATIONS AT XXII WORLD HANG GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIP

The last task of XXII World Hang Gliding Championship finished few hours ago in Premariacco (UD) and Italy won both individual and team classifications.

Alessandro Ploner arrived first in the individual classification; second Christian Ciech, who made a fantastic task started with the second gate, arriving third but it wasn’t enough to overtake his compatriot in the overall classification. Third, an amazing Primoz Gricar, who fought for all the competition in leading group, winning also today’s last task, of 101 length from Monte Cuarnan to Premariacco.

It’s nice to remember that organizers used three different places both for take off and landings, with a really good weather conditions for all race days, receiving compliments by all pilots.

The last task had three turning points, located near Spilimbergo, Cividale del Friuli and Osoppo, and due to probably storms in late afternoon race direction decided in the morning to land in Premariacco, near lovely Cividale del Friuli. Selenati and Ciech (Italy), Majors (USA) and Oliveira (BRA) decided to start from the second gate, taking some risks but trying to achieve the same result of American John Simon, who won task 5 in the same way. A group of pilots flew over the mountains to increase altitude, another one chose the flat way, making a mistake because after about 30 km they had to land early. Also Daniel Velez, Columbia, finished the World Championship before coming in goal, when he was sixth in the classification.

Smith, Ruhmer, Peter Neuenschwander, Doenhuber and Gricar made the leading group of the task, with Germany fighting for the podium; Neuenschwander escaped increasing the gap. Ruhmer had some problems at only 400m of altitude, trying to catch a thermal. For Italy, Ploner and Ciech preferred altitude and safety than the risk to fly on the shortest way. This has been a good task also for Brazil ,always in the day’s top ten with Rocha, Sandoli and Pinto.

At about 20km to goal, Neuenschwander stopped due to low altitude; Gricar tried to close the gap, with German Doenhuber so close. At 5 km about to goal, Swiss Neuenschwander lost meters and at about 2km from Premariacco, he had to land just after crossing the last turn point. Gricar arrived first, followed by the Swiss. Third Italian Ciech.

Alessandro Ploner won his third individual World Championship, after 2009 and 20011 and Filippo Oppici is also in the top ten.

Following, you can have a look about provisional classifications, who’ll be published at www.italy2019.com (“news and events”) and at official FB page.

See you tomorrow for the closing ceremony at 10am in Piazza XX Settembre, Tolmezzo.

TASK 10 – PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

  1. Primoz Gricar (GER) 02.55.12
  2. Peter Neuenschwander (SWI) 02.50.17 (penality applied)
  3. Christian Ciech (ITA) 02.52.04 (started from second gate)
  4. Gerd Doenhuber (GER) 03.05.26
  5. Gary Wirdnam (GBR) 03.10.29
  6. Manfred Ruhmer (AUT) 03.16.45
  7. Filippo Oppici (ITA) 03.16.03
  8. Glauco Pinto (BRA) 03.16.40
  9. Alessandro Ploner (ITA) 16.58
  10. Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli (BRA) 03.17.13

INDIVIDUAL OVERALL PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

  1. Alessandro Ploner (ITA) 8156 points
  2. Christian Ciech (ITA) 8073 points
  3. Primoz Gricar (GER) 7951 points
  4. Peter Neuenschwander (SWI) 7635 points
  5. Mario Alonzi (FRA) 7586 points
  6. Manfred Ruhmer (AUT) 7463 points
  7. Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli (BRA) 7351 points
  8. Grant Crossingham (GBR) 7219 points
  9. Filippo Oppici (ITA) 7150 points
  10. Gerd Doenhuber (GER) 7134 points