March 11th, 2012
Anouk Faivre Picon (FRA) and Roman Furger (SUI) won the 44th annual Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland.
Faivre Picon edged out the home favorite, Seraina Boner by just over a second with a final surge to the line.
Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (SUI) gave the host country two-thirds of the podium when she out-sprinted Italian Stephanie Santer.
The lead pack in the 42-kilometer freestyle race had dwindled to just five women by the end.
Faivre Picon is a regular on the World Cup circuit, and finished 22nd in the 2012 Tour de Ski.
Holly Brooks (USA) finished 8th for the US. Brooks was 2:30 off the pace.
Morgan Arritola was 13th, Evelyn Dong 16th and Nicole DeYong 20th for the US.
In the men’s race the 22-year-old Furger bested World Cup veteran Curdin Perl in the final sprint, with former Italian star Christian Zorzi two seconds back in third.
The relatively flat course generally means the elite wave does not break up much. The top-25 men all finished within 14 seconds of Furger, crossing the line in a continuous flow.
Matt Leibsch was the top American, taking that 25th place. Lars Flora was 31st and Torin Koos 83rd.