SALOMON 4 TRAILS ended today with a spectacular stage from Landeck to Samnaun. The youngest competitor Phillip Reiter (GER), who is only 20 years old, claimed the overall victory after four stages with a total of 152.1 kilometers and a total vertical gain of 9376 meters.
Second in the overall ranking was Thomas Lorblanchet (FRA), followed by Francois d’Haene (FRA) in third place. The three Team Salomon members dominated the whole race and left no doubt about their dominance.
After finishing second overall in 2011, Phillip Reiter showed his class this year and was the most consistent performer in the Men's category. On todays final stage of 44.5 kilometers and 2844 meters of total vertical gain, Reiter was able to defend his lead of four minutes successfully and thus claim the overall victory. Reiter's running time over the four stages from Garmisch-Partenkichen to Swiss Samnaun was only 16:05.37 hours. With a big smile in his face at the finish line he said: "Amazing, I can't believe what just happened. It helped me a lot to run with Francois and Thomas, we are a great team and supported each other. I would not have been able to run as fast as I did without their support".
Thomas Lorblanchet won two stages but lost a lot of time on the first stage of the race. The former trail running world champion finished second with an overall time of 16:09.30 hours.
Francois d’Haene managed to win the first and the last stage but got lost during stage two, which cost him more than twenty minutes. During the rest of the race he failed to catch up to the leaders and finished third with an overall time of 16:17.54 hours.
During the first part of the race the Spanish runner Jose Francisco Gutierrez of Team Avientu Tierra Tragame was a real contender for the podium, but he could not keep pace due to injuries and finished fourth overall.
Christian Stork’s (GER) was really strong in the second part of the race after having difficulties on the first two stages, and even claimed victory in his category (Master Men) on the final stage. Amazingly, the 42-year old started the last stage in fourth position in his category, but secured an overall Master Men victory with a time of 17:16.03 hours. Only a few seconds behind, Anton Phillip (GER) finished second. The previous leader Santiago Obaya Fernandez (ESP) of Team Avientu Tierra Tragame was dominating his age group, before a severe foot injury cost him 5 places today and he ended up sixth overall in the Master Men category with a total time of 18:13.39 hours.
The competitors in Senior Master Men category had no chance keeping up with Thomas Miksch (GER). The 50-year-old secured his second victory with winning all stages.
Regine Schlump unintentionally ensured excitement during today's stage. She was suffering from severe knee pain while leading the Women's category. Schlump's substantial lead of 21 minutes going into today's stage as Helen Bonsor (SCO) ran very well to claim the day four stage victory. In the end, Schlump's overall time of 20:27.10 hours was just enough to secure her first Salomon 4 Trails victory in the Woman's category.
On Day 2, when favorite Gaby Steigmeier (SUI) pulled out of the race, the Austrian Sonja Irendorfer (AUT) took the lead. And after the first three stages, Irendorfer was 36 minutes ahead of the second woman Gerti Ott (GER). During the final stage, the 43-year-old even increased her lead and won the category in a time of 21:43.45 hours, a massive 52 minutes faster than Gerti Ott.