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Alpine ski world cup finals

The organisational success of the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals, held in Grandvalira in mid-March, was reinforced by the substantial international media impact of the competition. A total of 38 television channels from 23 countries broadcast the events live to an audience of 35 million, a figure much higher than other traditional venues such as Kitzbühel or Wengen.

The star of the competition was the American Mikaela Shiffrin, who won the overall ladies’ title, and who was joined on the podium by Petra Vhlová of Slovakia and Wedy Holdener of Switzerland. In the overall category, the crystal globe trophy weighing 9 kg went to Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who has been hugely successful in the competition, winning eight consecutive World Cups. The other two places on the podium went to Frenchman Alexis Pinturault and Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen.

The World Cup Finals bring together all the alpine skiing disciplines, meaning that for the first time a Pyrenean ski resort had the opportunity to host a men’s downhill event. During the week of the finals, the record for mobile data traffic reached a record 4.3 TB. Andorra Telecom was responsible for providing mobile phone services for the organisers, as well as Wi-Fi for the organisers, the press room (where 100 work stations needed to be covered) and the public, in both Tarter and Soldeu.

MoraBanc Andorra

MoraBanc Andorra aren’t just leaving their mark on Spanish basketball, they’re starting to make a name for themselves in Europe as well. In the 2018-2019 season their great achievement was to qualify for the semi-finals of the EuroCup. Alba Berlin put paid to manager Ibon Navarro’s team’s dream of playing in a European final after doing brilliantly well in the qualifying rounds, and knocking out French team Asvel Villeurbanne despite having no home-court advantage.

In the Liga ACB, the team’s erratic performance prevented them from qualifying for the Copa del Rey, and for the subsequent play-offs. By the end of the competition, MoraBanc had won 16 matches and lost 18, putting them in tenth place in the regular league. They were unable to round off their impressive run in Europe by qualifying for the play-offs.

Andorra Telecom has been supporting the team with the magenta shirts of the Poliesportiu de Govern throughout the season, bringing all their matches - both in the Spanish league and in the EuroCup - to viewers via its television platform.

Ultra trail

A total of 3,338 runners from 78 different countries took part in the eleventh Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord, one of the most prestigious competitions in the international long distance trail running calendar.

Every July, trail runners are invited to the mountains of Andorra and can choose between five different routes: Eufòria dels Cims (233 km and 20,000 m of elevation gain), La Ronda dels Cims (170 km/ 13,500 m); La Mític (112 km/ 9,700 m), the Celestrail (83 km and 5,000 m) and the Marató dels Cims (42.5 km/ 3,000 m)

Andorra Telecom’s contribution as technological partner was key to guaranteeing the safety of the area. The network made it possible to strengthen the connectivity of control points and between those responsible for each area, the timing, the geolocation of the runners and the streaming of the start and finish of each race, as well as the runners’ progress through the different areas. 

The winners of the Eufòria were José Manuel and Mario Rodríguez from Madrid with a time of 67 hours 29 minutes in the men's category, while Japanese runners Yoko Noma and Midori Hoshino came home in first place in the women's with a time of 108 hours 28 minutes.

Spartan Race

The Grandvalira resort once again hosted the Spartan Race, a high- profile obstacle race that attracted nearly 5,000 participants over the two days of competition. The race, held at Grau Roig, was over tough terrain with elevation gains of up to 1,500 metres.

The most demanding category, the Ultra, consisted of a route of 60 obstacles spread over 50 km. The best completed it in just under eight hours, but it took many of the participants as long as 16 hours to reach the finish line.

The Austrian David Dietrich was the first to cross the finish line, ahead of Samuel Castela of Portugal and Frenchman Etienne Chave. The Czech Petra Gruber won the women's category, with Ana Filipa Castela of Portugal and Annette Sande of Norway in second and third place respectively.

Font Blanca: Ski mountaineering

The Font Blanca became an innovative competition by making it possible to follow a ski mountaineering World Cup event via streaming for the first time. This was possible thanks to the use of cameras along the route, and the connectivity provided by Andorra Telecom which guaranteed the reception of the signal.

Heavy snowstorms before the event forced the organisers to change the route for safety reasons.

Italy dominated in the individual senior category, held on Saturday at the Arcalís resort. Robert Antonioli and Alba de Silvestro won in the men's and women's categories respectively.

In the vertical race that took place on Sunday in Arinsal, Swiss competitor Marti Werner swept to victory in the men's senior category, while Victoria Kreuzer was the victor in the women's event.

Mountain bike world cup

A new Mountain Bike World Cup event was held in Vallnord-Pal Arinsal at the beginning of July, and was a big hit with the public. Over 40,000 spectators gathered at the Bike Park to follow the best cyclists in the world over the five days of competition. Andorra Telecom not only guaranteed the connectivity of the event, but also made it possible to calculate the number of attendees by analysing the mobile phones use on the network. The event was attended by 571 riders belonging to 155 teams of more than 43 different nationalities.

The cross country short circuit event opened the competition, and Jolanda Neff of Switzerland and the Brazilian were the first to cross the finish line in a category only recently incorporated into the World Cup.

The finals of the spectacular descent were held on Saturday. In the men's category, first position was taken by the Frenchman Loïc Bruni, while British competitor Rachel Atherton came in first in the women’s.

The cross country event closed the competition with Anne Terpstra from France and Nino Schurter from Switzerland coming home in first place.

TIM Andorra

Andorra Telecom not only supports major international competitions held in the country, but sporting events that have an impact on the tourism sector and that promote the Andorra brand as well.

The TIM Andorra tournaments are a great celebration of grassroots basketball and volleyball. The competition, which draws more than 3,500 players a year, is held on the last weekends in April and May (basketball) and June (volleyball) and takes place across 12 sports facilities spread throughout the country.

The influx of visitors is complemented by the organisers and many parents who don’t want to miss the opportunity to watch their children play. 

The Andorran Ski Federation

The 2018-2019 season marked the emergence of one of the best known competitors on the national scene. Andorran cross-country skier Irineu Esteve managed to score in 10 of the 18 World Cup events he took part in, with two historic Top-10s. In this same discipline, Carola Vila showed her potential in the Junior World Cup and the European Cup,

In alpine skiing, the injuries of both Joan Verdú and Mimi Gutiérrez affected the season, impacting on the results obtained in the competitions contested. The other competitors, mostly young, also improved their FIS scores, particularly those on the women’s team.

The federation’s representatives in snowboarding were Lluís Marín, who was also affected by injury, and Maeva Estévez, with Carlitos Aguareles representing the country in freestyle skiing.

The Borrufa Trophy

The 27th Borrufa Trophy competition was held in Ordino-Arcalís with the participation of 200 skiers belonging to 36 teams from 27 different countries. Poor weather conditions meant that the opening had to be postponed for a day, but there was no disruption to the events themselves.

Andorra was represented by a team of 20 competitors, and finished in fourth place in the overall classification, behind Spain, Great Britain and Italy.

By the end of the competition the Andorran team had won a total of three medals, with Aina Martí taking a gold and a bronze, and Iria Medina winning a silver. The championship ended with the traditional closing ceremony, held in the main square in Ordino.

Purito Andorra 2019

La Purito Andorra is now one of the leading cyclotourism events in the Pyrenees. A total of 2,811 competitors took part in the fifth edition of an event that pays tribute to Spanish cyclist Perico Delgado, winner of the 1988 Tour de France. Things kicked off on Saturday 3 August with La Purito Kids, the Cycling Fair and the event briefing.

On Sunday the competitors set off from Sant Julià, finishing at Cortals d’Encamp and taking three different routes, the longest over 145 km with an elevation gain of 5,200 m. Purito himself and Perico Delgado were joined by event ambassador and Olympic medallist José Antonio Hermida, Paralympic medallist Juanjo Méndez, and as a last minute surprise recent Tour de France winner and Andorran resident Egan Pernal, who all pedalled along with the participants.

Andorra Telecom provided connectivity services to the organisers of this landmark event.