Leonardo Paez and Christina Kollmann-Forstner are the winners of the BMW HERO Tyrol Dolomites 2018. The Colombian celebrated his fifth victory in the race Mountain Bike Marathon toughest in the world, while for the Austrian it is the first seal. Both have dominated their respective races, presenting himself all alone on the goal of Selva di Val Gardena (BZ).

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A year ago he had to settle for second place. Today, in Val Gardena, he returned to command him: Leonardo Paez It is the king of BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. For the Colombian is the fifth successful personnel in the race MTB Marathon hardest and spectacular in the world, now in its ninth year and staged on a gorgeous day in mid-June. Blue skies and rays of sunshine to illuminate the heart of the Dolomites, Unesco. The organizers could hardly ask for more.

And this year there was the boom. At the start from Selva di Val Gardena occurred 4018 heroes, ready to challenge the Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi, as last steps, the Duron to the path of long 86 km, and Sella for 60 km. In the race queen, the 86 km with 4500 of elevation gain, valid for the World Cup UCI Marathon imposes a great Paez, triumphing with 5'48” the runner, the surprising Martino Tronconi. Rounding out the podium was the Swiss Urs Huber.

The record-holder HERO, Paez, strong hand and it makes a difference already on the Dantercepies. Together with the almost 36-year old it is also Juri Placido, winner a year ago in front of the Colombian, that subsequently a charge against a stomach problem. This time, though, Paez - despite a fall - goes to get the victory. It is the fifth time he does here in Selva di Val Gardena.

fatigue, After 86 km across, you notice on the face of the South American, the marks left on the ground arms wounds are seen, ma niente può togliergli il sorriso. “I want to thank all those who believe in me – dice il colombiano –. Ci tenevamo davvero

so to win this race, which it is always very tough. They slipped down, I fell but I recovered and managed to win. The joy is immense”.

Upon arrival rejoices, the great, even Martino Tronconi for this extraordinary second place. “It's incredible, I am excited - says the 22 year old from Faenza -. I was aiming to place me in the top ten, and instead…”. But for the Romagnolo came a sensational second place. “I never expected such a result. When I realized that I could get on the podium? Sull '”Ornella” I had leg and then I said: now or never. I left, Arias and then Porro have taken me, but my next forcing has paid off and it went well”.

For the third place tussle until the last kilometers. Swiss Prevails Urs Huber. “Today my goal was to get on the podium - explains the 33 year old - and I managed to reach this sensational result. In the end I still had energy and eighth place I managed to climb up to third”.

In 60 km ladies (3200 altitude difference), Austrian flag waving is thanks to victory Christina Kollmann-Forstner, that imposes itself with more than three minutes ahead of the Lithuanian Katazina Sosna, with Italian Mara Fumagalli third.


Upon arrival Christina Kollmann-Forstner almost does not realize the company just completed. Twelve months ago he had closed the second. This year she has to look at all the top step of the podium. “This success means a lot to me because here I was not able to win - explains

the 30 year old European champion in office -. The HERO it's a really tough race, but today everything worked, from start to finish”. On the Passo Sella she looked around and… “And I was alone, so I could enjoy the last kilometers”.

Katazina Sosna finishes second in 3'16 +” and comes with arms raised. “Thank you all for this great cheer - says the team 28enne Torpado-Südtirol -. It was a tough race, I left with my pace, I was able to handle me great and everything went the right way. The HERO It is really tough and this second place for me counts as a victory, because for our sponsors is a home race”.

The satisfaction is great for Mara Fumagalli, third. “I wanted so much and I tried to handle me the best - explains the 30 year old Lecco -. We aimed to do well, why the HERO is always the HERO. I am very happy with this performance. The form is not at the top, but we are working to arrive in September in perfect conditions”.

In 60 km men, the winner is a familiar face of HERO. This is Klaus Fontana, from Alto Adige in Olang that here in Val Gardena won in 2010 the first edition of the race. “The race went very well. When I saw before me in trouble Marcor (Rebagliati, then according to, Ed) I stuck to the end and I managed to win this race for me is always the most important of the season”.

“A race with this time and under these conditions is a dream”. Gerhard Pronounced, President of the Organizing Committee, he is satisfied. Another wonderful edition went to successfully archive. “For athletes, the organizers and for the whole area of ​​the Dolomites this was one of the most beautiful pages”. Vanzi also traces the path taken by the HERO, from 2010 till today, from debut, news and international network, all developed year after year.


Ranking HERO Südtirol Dolomites Men (86 km)


1. Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (COL) – 4:28.45,1

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2. Martino Tronconi (ITA) – 4:34.33,2

3. Urs Huber (ABOUT) – 4:36.05,6

4. Samuele Porro (ITA) – 4:36.38,1

5. Alban Stop (AUT) – 4:37.31,2

6. Diego Arias Alfonso Cuervo (COL) – 4:38.41,0

7. Roel Paulissen Tony (NICE) – 4:42.07,4

8. Periklis Ilias (GRE) – 4:43.38,8

9. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA) – 4:43.39,7

10. Juri Placido (ITA) – 4:44.45,0

Ranking HERO Südtirol Dolomites Women (60 km)

1. Christina Kollmann-Forstner (AUT) – 3:50.01,4

2. Katazina Sosna (LTU) – 3:53.17,8

3. Mara Fumagalli (ITA) – 3:54.49,9

4. Blaza Pintaric (BEAT) – 3:58.02,7

5. Elena Gaddoni (ITA) – 3:58.48,4

6. Angela Carolina Parra Sierra (COL) – 4:01. 56,0

7. Sally Bigham (GBR) – 4:05.19,4

8. Jessica Pellizzaro (ITA) – 4:05.23,9

9. Gaia Ravaioli (ITA) – 4:05.45,2

10. Constance Fasolis (ITA) – 4:06.43,0





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