Word Cup 2021 Italy Task 2

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Today’s weather conditions were better than yesterday, with blue skies and cumulus clouds, but there were places where the wind made life difficult during the 84.5 km task.
The thermals were good and reliable but not too strong. 
A very interesting task was set with options to go into the mountains or stay in the flats to get to the first and second turn points. There was lots of choice. 
The second half of the task was a race up and down the flats. Those behind were able to catch up as those ahead marked the thermals for them.
It was a day to only stop in the good thermals and not to climb too high otherwise you would get overtaken. It was not a day for hesitating. 
It was a good demonstration of the point of lead out points. Baptiste LAMBERT led the way, then had a bit of bad luck at the end. But all the same, he was rewarded for his earlier audacity with another task win.
Stefan Bernhard summed the day up, ‘it is so good to be back, I have so missed this.’ I think he spoke for the 84 pilots in goal.
The average speed of the fastest pilot, Marco Busetta, was 26.6 km/h.
The first 84 pilots made goal, and thus all flew the same distance, and gained the same distance points. Today’s winner is therefore the one with a combination of the best speed/time points and lead out points. 
Top 3 speed/time points winners – the fastest pilots round the course:
Marco Busetta      02:55:54
Bogdan BIALKA    02:56:04
Philipp HAAG       02:56:13
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most:
Baptiste LAMBERT        158.1
Victor BOUDET             145.0
Pierre REMY                  144.2
Honorin HAMARD          144.2
Top 3 overall
1st                   Baptiste LAMBERT
2nd                   Victor BOUDET
3rd                   Pierre REMY
Top 3 ladies
1st                   Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE
2nd                   Klaudia BULGAKOW
3rd                         Emanuelle ZUFFEREY
Top 3 teams
1st                          Ozone    
2nd                   Niviuk
3rd =                       Kortel Design
3rd =                Chinese Taipei Gliding Sports Association
All the results are available here: http://live.pwca.org/scores.php?comp=28
Task videos are available here: https://www.youtube.com/c/paraglidingworldcup/videos

Summary written by Ruth Jessop
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