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TEAM ESPOIR

Young athletes, promising trail running talents. Passionate, ambitious young people, eager to put themselves to the test with difficult challenges and routes, while dreaming of future participation in the most legendary races on the international scene, following in the footsteps of their team managers.
These are the characteristics of the young mountain running talents who are members of Karpos Team Espoir, which as of 2023 has a more international dimension. In fact, there are three teams that will wear the Karpos colors this season: French and Swiss.


The youngsters will together tackle a calendar of national competitions in the trail, vertical, and skyrunning specialties, sharing their personal and athletic growth.
The members of Team Espoir will thus have the opportunity to improve in various aspects, from running technique to the management of physical and mental resources during races, and to find their place in the racing scene, thanks also to the motivation provided by their peers.
 
 
Through Team Espoir, we want to pass on our way of experiencing trail running to the athletes of tomorrow, with the idea of creating a community of runners who see others as companions rather than opponents.

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MATTHIEU LE FLUR

Date of birth: 27/08/2002
Place of birth: Le Puy en Velay

Although his first sport was mountain biking, Matthieu gradually developed a love for running after participating in a competition several years ago. Since then, he has fully embraced the sport, racing occasionally on the road but more often preferring mountain running and vertical races. In May 2023, Matthieu achieved an impressive result at the French mountain running championships, finishing 10th overall and taking home a bronze medal.
A native of the Haute-Loire, Matthieu is driven by a great desire to learn, and he wants to explore all aspects of trail running, both from a performance point of view and from a technical product point of view. But what he appreciates the most is the sense of community with the other athletes. Thanks to his aptitude and his determination, Matthieu has become one of the most promising young talents in the sport in France. Curious and sociable, he’s living the adventure to the fullest as a member of Team Espoir France, with the goal of growing as an athlete and enjoying an exceptional sporting experience.

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JUSTINE LANNE

Date of birth: 18/06/2001
Place of birth: Lourdes

Born into an athletic family and originally from the Pyrenees, near Lourdes, Justine discovered sports with cross-country skiing. Growing up in a beautiful mountainous region where outdoor activity is an integral part of daily life, she put on cross-country skis for the first time when she was just 2 years old and started wearing running shoes already at age 8. Running quickly became an overwhelming passion, supported by her family and sustained by her desire to constantly improve.
Athletics and cross-country marked the beginning of her sporting endeavors, but it’s in mountain running that Justine has found her true passion. It’s in this discipline that she’s reached the greatest heights, placing second in the French national championships in mountain running in mid-May 2023. Rooted in the values of sports and family from the very beginning, Justine felt immediately at home in the Team Espoir France.

LOUIS TRAVAILLOT

Date of birth: 9/03/2003
Place of birth: Châlon sur Saône

Originally from Burgundy, Louis loves sports and the mountains. The key moment in his life? Watching the start of the UTMB, the most iconic trail running race. The thrill he felt then was unambiguous: this sport would become his raison d’être. Motivated by high-level racing, his naturally competitive temperament drove him to take on the toughest challenges in trail running: ultra trail and ultra distance. They are formidable disciplines, but nothing can dent his determination!
Always aim high and push yourself to the limit: this is Louis’s philosophy. In his opinion, the Team Espoir France is comparable to a sports team: it’s through shared experiences and solidarity that we grow and extend our limits. Louis has a wide range of major races ahead of him — you can expect to see him tackling long distances, particularly in the MCC in August 2023.

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