Today took place the first part of the 10th and last stage of the 18th edition of La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc 2022 starting from Val Cenis – Lanslebourg. An emblematic stage which will start from the heart of the village to arrive at the polar base with the emblematic ascent of the Col du Mont-Cenis where the mushers will sleep in a bivouac in altitude and in total autonomy.
This Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 29 teams have covered 43 kilometers and 1550 meters of positive altitude difference. This alpine stage is very difficult but very appreciated by the mushers. They started from Val Cenis Lanslebourg and passed through the villages of Termignon, Sollières and Bramans before heading to the polar base of Mont Cenis. Once they reached the top, the clock was stopped until the start the next morning. They then settled at the Col and spent the night under the stars, with nearly 150 dogs, it was an evening rich in sharing and emotions. For these passionate athletes, this last night symbolically closed the competition.
The bivouac stage being an intermediate stage, there will be no stage classification of the day. At daybreak, the mushers will resume the stage 10B until the final arrival in Termignon. At the end of this stage, we will know if Rémy Coste (FR), leader of the Open category and Aurélie Delattre, leader of the Limited category will be crowned winners of La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc 2022. It will also be the second stage of the Aésio Trophy.