Emily Harrop and Thibault Anselmet triumphed in the mixed relay in Val Thorens ©ISMF

France's Emily Harrop and Thibault Anselmet made history as the first mixed relay champions at the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) World Cup during the Val Thorens event.

A total of 12 teams from eight countries progressed to the final with France, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain being represented by two pairs each.

Meanwhile, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Australia made up the remaining four.

Harrop and Anselmet are the reigning European champions in the discipline and showed exactly why with a dominant performance which saw them lead the race from beginning to end.

They clocked in after 36min 44.707sec to beat Spain's Ana Alonso Rodriguez and Oriol Cardona Coll who crossed the line after 37:00.774.

The champions' compatriots Célia Perillat-Pessey and Xavier Gachet rounded out the top three with a time of 37:09.934.

"I had a nice gap, so I was able to save some energy for the second lap," said Anselmet.

Val Thorens set the stage for the first mixed relay event at an ISMF World Cup ©ISMF
Val Thorens set the stage for the first mixed relay event at an ISMF World Cup ©ISMF

"Xavier put some pressure on me, but it's a game.

"Relays are always interesting, I like this format.

"I am happy that my shape is good at the beginning of the season."

The discipline is set to make its Olympic debut at the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Harrop was also successful in the women's individual sprint race as she outpaced Marianne Fatton of Switzerland and Giulia Murada of Italy.

A Swiss podium sweep then took place in the men's sprint as Arno Lietha, Iwan Arnold, and Thomas Bussard clinched gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.

Fourth place was also achieved by a Swiss athlete in the form of Matteo Favre while Anselmet could only muster a sixth-placed finish.