Grand Raid 2022: after the lever of the day in Cilaos and several abandonments, the first of the Diagonale des Fous attack Mafate [DIRECT]

The day has dawned on Reunion and this Grand Raid 2022. The first runners of the Diagonale des Fous arrive in the Cirque de Mafate. The race, the classification, the atmosphere and all the information on the four races of the Grand Raid to follow in our live.



Benat Marmissolle seems to be ahead of Jean-Philippe Tschumi. So far, the first two runners of this Diagonale des Fous have clocked together at the first crossing points, each time only a few seconds apart. But the gap is now widening in favor of Basque.


Jean-Philippe Tschumi and Beñat Marmissolle leading the race in the Diagonale des Fous arrive in Marla.



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In the lead among women, the American Courtney Dauwalter was the victim of a fall on the descent to Marla but the favorite of this Diagonale des Fous was able to resume the race.

Meanwhile at the Cilaos stadium… 😉

Grand Raid 2022: Cilaos atmosphere

Meanwhile, at the Cilaos stadium



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Express passage of Beñat Marmissolle and Jean-Philippe Tschumi at the Marla aid station at 7:42 a.m. and 7:43 a.m. respectively. The two runners rehearsed at full speed in the heart of the Mafate circus.

Speaking live on La Réunion La 1ère Web TV, the consultants are counting on the arrival of the first runners around 8:42 p.m. at the Redoute stadium.

The first of the Diagonale des Fous are getting ready to pass the supply post of Marla. The Swiss Jean-Philippe Tschumi broke into a run on the descent, closely followed by the basque Benat Marmissolle.

David Hauss, who had arrived at Cilaos tired, abandoned the race. “I’m fractured, crushed“, declared the favorite of the Diagonale des Fous live on Réunion La 1ère. Another major abandonment after Grégoire Curmer and Daniel Jung.

That’s it, the first runners have finished carving the steps of Taïbit. They now begin the descent towards Marla.

About twenty disabled people participate in the Grand Raid thanks to the big heart of the volunteers of the Run Handi Move and Adventures Joëlettes meeting.

Arrival of the first joelette in Marla

Arrival of the first joelette in Marla



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The weather is nice in the Cirque de Mafate, as evidenced by this photo taken by our journalist Patrick Ramoudou to Marla

Volunteers are in place at the Marla aid station for the Grand Raid runners

Volunteers are in place at the Marla aid station for the Grand Raid runners



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The first Diag’ runners are still climbing the Taïbit, with steps that put their knees to the test. Meanwhile, the volunteers are all set at Marla’s aid station.

Volunteers are in place at the Marla aid station for the Grand Raid runners

Volunteers are in place at the Marla aid station for the Grand Raid runners



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At the start of the day, the weather is very cloudy over a large eastern half of Reunion, announce the services of Météo France. A few light showers are expected in places but nothing very substantial or lasting. But on the Taïbit path, where the first of the Diagonale des Fous are located, the sun is shining there for the moment!

Discover the names of the first 10 runners in the “Masca” race, after checking in on Chemin Ratinaud in La Possession:

  1. Noel Giordano (Corsica)
  2. Moises Jimenez (Venezuela)
  3. Emmanuel Hadoux (Reunion)
  4. Loïc Boyer (Reunion)
  5. Sandy Rethoret (Mayotte)
  6. Loïc Gauvin (Reunion)
  7. Jovanny Conneau (Reunion)
  8. Jean-Philippe Vitry (Reunion)
  9. Alexandre Depeche (Reunion)
  10. Gilles Félicité (Reunion)

Discover the images of the first two of the Diagonale des Fous in the climb of Taïbit LIVE on our Web TV

Update on the Mascareignes, the start of which was given at 1 a.m. near Hell-Bourg, in Salazie. Corsica Noel Giordano (n°3365) is in the lead after clocking in at 6:03 a.m. on chemin Ratinaud in La Possession. The rider came 3rd last year.

Lambians with their backs to the Cilaos refueling station!

Grand Raid 2022: the atmosphere at the aid station in Cilaos.

Grand Raid 2022: the atmosphere at the aid station in Cilaos.



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The first of the Diagonale des Fous begin to climb the first steps of the Taïbit pass path. Basque Benat Marmissolle and Switzerland Jean-Philippe Tschumi clocked in at 6:32 a.m. and 6:34 a.m., respectively.

Discover the names of the first 10 runners to have clocked in at Cilaos:

  1. Jean-Philippe Tschumi
  2. Benat Marmissolle
  3. Ben Dhiman
  4. Lambert Santelli
  5. Maxime Cazajous
  6. Germain Grangier
  7. Judicaël Sautron
  8. Antoine Pipitone
  9. Yannick Noel
  10. Cedric Chavet
The runners of the Diagonale des Fous point to Cilaos.

The runners of the Diagonale des Fous point to Cilaos.



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After Courtney Dauwalterthe rocket American, who clocked in at 5:53 a.m. at the Cilaos stadium, it’s Anne-Lise Rousset Seguret, bib number 2220, which is in second position among women. She clocked in at 6:22.

Anne-Lise Rousset Séguret, second female to score at Cilaos.

Anne-Lise Rousset Séguret, second female to score at Cilaos.



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David Hauss arrives in poor form at Cilaos. The 38-year-old Reunionese clocked in at 6:08 a.m. at the stadium.

Grand Raid 2022: David Hauss arrives in Cilaos.

Grand Raid 2022: David Hauss arrives in Cilaos.



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The Grand Raid, everywhere, all the time for 24 hours! Lthe 30th edition of the Diagonale des Fous can be watched live on Réunion La 1ère’s Web TV.

the american Courtney Dauwalter already take the descent to Bras Rouge and the Col du Taïbit. “She does not plan to hang around!“, loose our consultant on the Web TV of Réunion La 1ère. The big favorite showed up at 5:53 a.m. at the Cilaos stadium.

Listen to Judicaël Sautron interviewed live on his arrival at the Cilaos stadium by Réunion La 1ère

Judicaël Sautron is the first Reunionese to reach Cilaos. Arrived 7th at the refueling station, Judicaël Sautron, is in full change of shoes. “We were about ten to get lost in the night, we have to deal with itexplains the Réunionnais from Sainte-Marie. The feelings are there. I’m going to put on lighter clothes, it’s going to be hot”.

The first runners of the Diagonal in Cilaos.

The first runners of the Diagonal in Cilaos.



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The Swiss Jean-Philippe Tschumi and Basque Benat Marmissolle are always in the lead. They clocked in at 5:30 a.m. and 5:33 a.m. respectively at the Cilaos stadium. They are followed by Ben Dhiman (5h47), Lambert Santelli (5h48) and Maxime Cazajous (5h48)

Live from Cilaos with the first of the Diagonale des Fous

the american Courtney Dauwalter clocked in at the Bloc at 5:22 a.m., about ten minutes after the first men. The one wearing bib number 1950 is THE big favorite of this Diagonale des Fous for Women. She is currently in 8th position in the general classification.

The arrival of the first of the Diagonale des Fous in Cilaos sur Réunion La 1ère

Benat Marmissolle and Jean-Philippe Tschumi are always together in the lead. The Basque and the Swiss clocked in at 5:18 a.m., a few seconds apart, at the level of the Tray of Oak trees.

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The descent of the Bloc therefore cost Daniel Jung dearly. “We saw right away that it was wrong, he was leaning forward“, indicates Yves Gruyer who is on the spot.

New thunderclap on the Diagonale des Fous: the Italian Daniel Jung who was one of the favorites decides to give up after pointing to the Bloc at 5:11 just behind Benat Marmissole and Jean-Philippe Tschumi. The runner who won the last edition of the Grand Raid with Ludovic Pommeret suffers from back pain.

That’s it ! The first to reach the Bloc in Cilaos were none other than the Frenchman of Basque origin Benat Marmissolle (bib n°2847) and the Swiss Jean-Philippe Tschumi (n°1820).

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Who will point in the lead at the next crossing point in Cilaos? Basque Benat Marmissolle (bib n°2847) seems well launched on the course of this Diagonale des Fous. He arrived first at Mare à Boue clocking in at 2:17 a.m. during the night. Behind him, Judicaël Sautron (n°1211) which clocked in at 2:21 a.m., then Lambert Santelli (No. 2709) at 2:23 a.m.

The pain is unbearable“, a delegate Gregory Curmer who spoke after his abandonment on Réunion La 1ère radio. “We got lost twice with David and on the way up it started to come“, he says.

This incident occurred during the night: a small number of runners, including Grégoire Curmer before his retirement, but also the Reunionese David Hauss, got lost between Notre Dame de la Paix and the Nez de Boeuf at the Plaine des Cafres. Result: they lost about ten minutes before returning to Mare à Boue.

A terrible disappointment, one imagines, for the one who trained during his land in Chamonix with the aim of adding another victory to his record.

Review his portrait of Réunion La 1ère:

hello to all, we start this live with the first twist of this Diagonale des Fous. Winner of the diagonal des fous in 2019 and the Trail de Bourbon in 2021, Grégoire Curmer had no choice but to give up before 3 a.m. at Mare à Boue. He suffers from groin pain which prevents him from continuing to run.

The 30th edition of the Grand Raid is produced. The start of the Diagonale des Fous was given at 9 p.m. in Saint-Pierre. The participants in the Mascareignes left Salazie at 1 a.m., while the runners in the Zembrocal Trail relay left Saint-Joseph first at 5 p.m. yesterday Thursday.

Relive the start of the Diagonale des Fous on Réunion La 1ère here!

More than 6,500 runners took the start of the four courses, namely the Zembrocal Trailthe Diagonal of the Bishopsthe Mascarenes and the Bourbon Trail. They will survey the trails of Reunion for 4 days.

Meeting the 1before you bring the Grand Raid to life. The atmospheres, the follow-up of the races, the extras and of course the arrivals, can be found on the website A1before.re, on the page Facebook of Reunion the 1beforethe Web TV of Reunion the 1beforefrom 5 p.m. on radio and television.

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