What a race! After a sensational final, Clémentine Geoffray became world champion in the short trail in Innsbruck. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman completed a controlled race, clocking in for long kilometers in 3rd place and patiently waiting for her time to catch Theresa Leboeuf (3rd) and take the lead from the Swiss favorite, Judith Wyder (2nd) whom she beats two minutes ahead.
A former high-level kayaker who only started trail running in 2016 and who had never run a race as long as this World Championship, Clémentine Geoffray quickly reached the highest level, with a significant leap forward. this season: French trail running champion in March and, today, world champion!
On the men’s side, faithful to his reasonable race strategies, the Norwegian Stian Angermund has gradually risen to the front of the peloton to dominate in the last third of the 46 km Austrian course. He retains his crown already acquired in 2022, in Thailand, and completes an already largely accomplished record: winner, in particular, of the GTWS in 2021 (by winning Olla de Núria, the Mont-Blanc Marathon and Dolomyths Run) and the OCC 2019, Stian Angermund is undeniably one of the best trail runners of the past five years.
Behind, the Briton Thomas Roach took 2nd place and the Italian Luca Del Pero, 3rd. First Frenchman, the 2023 French champion, Thibaut Baronian, finished in 4th place after a gamble at the last refueling which made him gain two positions in the standings.