Photos: Red Bull X-Alps drama

The athletes are over half way to Monaco and the pain is starting to show.
By Marc Schwarz
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Am I nearly there yet?
Ferdinand Van Schelven (NED) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 in Innsbruck, Austria on July 9th, 2013
Am I nearly there yet? The face of Ferdinand Van Schelven (NED) shows the strain as he hikes near Innsbruck on day 3. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
The world's toughest adventure race.
Competitor flies at the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Ortler in Sulden, Italy on July 10th, 2013
The world's toughest adventure race. An athlete flies near Ortler in Sulden, Italy on day 4. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
It's a stretch for de Dorlodot
Thomas de Dorlodot (BEL) rests during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Terfens, Austria on July 10th, 2013
It's a stretch for de Dorlodot Thomas de Dorlodot (BEL) rests and stretches during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Terfens, Austria on day 4. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
Interlaken welcome
Christian Maurer (SUI1) performs during the Red Bull X-Alps at Interlaken, Switzerland on July 11th, 2013
Interlaken welcome Christian Maurer (SUI1) flies above Interlaken after receiving a rapturous welcome from the home crowd. Next stop: the Matterhorn © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
No retreat
The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps and makes a dramatic backdrop for the athletes.
No retreat The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps and makes a dramatic backdrop for the athletes. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
See you in Monaco
Christian Maurer of Switzerland (SUI1) performs during the fifth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Matterhorn in Switzerland on July 11 2013.
See you in Monaco It doesn't get more spectacular than this: Christian Maurer (SUI1) flies past the awe-inspiring Matterhorn at approximately 17:30 on day 5. By the end of the day, his lead will look unassailable. Next stop: Mont Blanc. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Misty mountain
Clement Latour of France (FRA1) performs during the fifth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Furkapass in Switzerland on July 11 2013.
Misty mountain Clement Latour of France (FRA1) is in the lead chasing group, fighting to catch up with Maurer on the fifth day of the race. Here, he is grounded in poor weather near the Furkapass. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Chrigel the Eagle
Christian Maurer of Switzerland (SUI1) performs during the fifth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Matterhorn in Switzerland on July 11 2013.
Chrigel the Eagle Since the start, the Swiss athlete and two-time winner Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer has dominated the race after making some awesome flights. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Awesome mountain scenery
Clement Latour of France (FRA1) performs during the fifth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Furkapass in Switzerland on July 11 2013.
Awesome mountain scenery Clement Latour of France near the Furkapass in Switzerland on day 5. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
It's a Furka to climb
Clement Latour of France (FRA1) performs during the fifth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Furkapass in Switzerland on July 11 2013.
It's a Furka to climb Only two modes of transport are allowed — flying and hiking. When conditions do not permit flying, the only thing to for athletes to do is start walking! Here Clement Latour (FRA1) climbs near the Furkapass in Switzerland. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
No time to enjoy the view
Competitor flies during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Eggishorn in Fiesch, Switzerland on July 11th, 2013
No time to enjoy the view An athlete above the Aletsch Glacier near Fiesch, Switzerland on day 5 of the Red Bull X-Alps. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
The fight goes on!
Clement Latour (FRA1) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on Grimsel Pass, Switzerland on July 11th, 2013
The fight goes on! Clement Latour (FRA1) takes to two feet in his battle for a podium near the Grimsel Pass, Switzerland. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
"Which way to Monaco?"
John Chambers (GBR) checks his way during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on Grimsel Pass, Switzerland on July 11th, 2013
"Which way to Monaco?" John Chambers (GBR) checks his way during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on the Grimsel Pass, Switzerland with his supporter on day 5. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool