Results of the Grand Raid 2022, C. Dauwalter impresses, confirms B. Marmissolle.

The great raid, which celebrated its 30th edition, fulfilled all its promises with a great battle at the front to crown Benat Marmissolle and the victory of Courtney Dauwalter (4th overall) that impressed the public and all observers.

This great 2022 raid (172 km / 10,200 m D+), will have fulfilled all its promises. It was on the intense island that we expected an equally intense race, and no one was disappointed by the show that the runners put on and by the many twists and turns that we were able to experience. .

From the beginning, two of the favorites, Greg Curmerwinner in 2019 and the country boy David Hauss they took the lead and assumed their status as favourites.

Grand Raid 2022, Benat Marmissolle crowned himself king of fools

Behind all the favorite candidates we have found a podium but also a victory for this 2022 edition.

Among the Ladies, the American Courtney Dauwalter it quickly took off, evolving at its own pace into the forefront.

After a cool and wet night, the runners have arrived in Cilaos, already with a few laps.

Greg Curmer threw in the towel with a pang of hate, Dani Jung winner, in 2021 he did the same after back pain David Hauss who had lost ground with a few other runners and conceded six minutes behind Cilaos.

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He later admitted to having let his head go, cracked and nervous to see his bib handed over to the organisers.

Then we found a duo at the head of the race composed of Benat Marmissolle i Jean-Philippe Tschumi.

The runners returned to Mafat via Taïbit, one of the island’s jewels, the race really kicked off, with the Franco-Swiss duo in the lead.
American Followers Ben Dhiman and of Germain Grangier.

Passing through Marla, Ilet a la Bourse Grand Place, then Roche Plate and Deux Bras, the two men were still racing and in common cause towards the finish.

behind Courtney Dauwalter he was already fifth in the scratch standings halfway through, dropping after 80km Anne-Lise Rousset about an hour.
Then we are in the top 10, Maxime Cazajous (FTL pain relief), Lambert Santelli (forced to retire a little later), the Reunionese Judicaël Sautronthe belgian Jerome Vanderschaeghe, Yannick Noel, Antoni Pipitone i Julien Chorier.

Grand Raid, C. Dauwalter at the foot of the podium, 1h13 behind the winner.

It is at the flat rock level at kilometer 115 that Courtney will return Germain Grangier and Ben Dhiman. They will do about thirty kilometers together taking turns, each knowing the empty passages in turn, “the solidarity of the group will prevail over making war”recognized Germain Grangier at the end of the race.

25km from the finish, on the chemin des Anglais, the positions looked set for the top 5, but what would be the order at the finish?

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Benat Marmissolle i Jean-Philippe Tschumi they were still together, but it was in Colorado that the Basque raced down the descent to win by just six minutes over the Swiss who absolutely had to win in order to win.
Benat Marmissolle wins in 23h14′, enters the big leagues and confirms his latest results, 3rd in the Grand Raid 2021, winner of the 6000D 2022 and 6th in the UTMB® this year as well.
If the two men arrived together, the new regulations stipulated that the bigger one would be declared the winner, and this rule benefited the Basque.

behind, Ben Dhiman who was attacking the path of the Englishmen in 5th place, he who managed his race unassisted and with only his unloading bag and race supplies, was going to gradually return to Courtney, then Germain to offer – a magnificent third place at the redoubt stadium

Courtney Dauwalter impressive throughout the race, and which will have made a lot of ink and saliva flow in the local and international media, finishing at the foot of the scratch podium, 1h13′ behind the winner and 8 minutes ahead of Germain Grangier.

Note the good sixth place of Yannick Noelthe seventh place of JErome Vanderschaeghe, Antoni Pipitone is 8th in front of the always smiling meetings Judicaël Sautron i Julien ChorierAuthor of a regular run that puts him back in the top 10, after his victories in 2009 and 2011.

Antoine Guillon finished in 11th place for 15th consecutive Grand Raid, Clement Desille 12ththe eternal René Rovera 13th and the good performance of the young people Benjamin Roubiol 14th.

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To the ladies Courtney she will have crushed the race and confirms after this victory in this Grand Raid that she is currently unbeatable and indeed the best ultra trail runner in the world.
Perfect a unique record with all the monuments in his history, Western States, UTMB 2021, Hardrock 2022 and Grand Raid 2022.

Anne-Lise Rousset she occupies the second position, which she will never lose, 4h20 after the American and also 2h ahead of the Swede Anna Carlson.

sarah please who will have done his race finishes 4th after being very close to the podium declaring at the finish line “crazy diagonal is much harder than narrow escape”who won in 2022.

Sylvain Cussot completes the top 5 finishing just under 11 hours behind the winner.

Maud Combarieu finish 7th, Justine Rouveyrol 8th i Daphne Linderme 9th.

A 30th edition that will go down in the history of the event especially in terms of the performance of the American, but also for the density of runners present, at the start and the stage that all the actors of this diagonal crazy

*Antoine Guillon : 15th consecutive participation with an outstanding record in this race, 11 times in the TOP 4.
1 win in 2015, 4 2nd places (2010, 2012, 2016 and 2017), 2 3rd places (2007 and 2009), 4 4th places (2008, 2011, 2013 and 2018), 6th in 20121 and after. la Tor des Géants, 28th place in 2019
and 11 in 2022

By Fred Bousseau – © Fred Bousseau

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