8-9-10 January 2021

Val di Fiemme.... you are next!

Opinions of the champions of the Tour de Ski

 01.01.2020

From 3rd to 5th January final stage of Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme
Three great competitions: 100th race ever, sprint and Final Climb Mass Start
Races and side events at the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero and on Alpe Cermis
 
The two Tour de Ski races in Toblach have been won by Sergey Ustiugov, Therese Johaug, Alexander Bolshunov and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg. The two Russians, Johannes Klaebo (NOR) and Niskanen (FIN) are the favourites for the final victory in Val di Fiemme, while on the women’s side the favourites are all from Norway, Johaug, Oestberg and Weng. The final stage of the 14th edition of Tour de Ski will as always be held in Val di Fiemme from 3rd to 5th January. On Friday the there will be the 10km and 15km Classic mass start – 100th stage of Tour de Ski – on Saturday a new sprint event and on Sunday the usual Final Climb, but this year in a mass start format. The World Cup leader Johannes Klaebo doesn’t know what to expect, but he’s always ready when it comes to sprint races: “I think the sprint in Val di Fiemme will be really interesting, while the mass start will make the Final Climb even tougher. Altitude will be a key factor; we’ll see”. The Russian Sergej Ustiugov wants to triumph on Alpe Cermis: “I’m not thinking about the next stages yet, but the mass start format is something new that must be well examined. I want to conclude this Tour de Ski in the best way possible. I’ve good chances of doing well in Val di Fiemme”. The Italian team has not achieved good results so far, but the Italian athletes could leave their mark in the “cradle of Nordic skiing”, despite Francesco De Fabiani’s retirement. Federico Pellegrino is focused on the sprint: “The last time I competed in Val di Fiemme was in 2013. My goal is to achieve a better result than my 11th place finish of that year. I'll start with this idea, then we'll see how it goes: in classic I have more limited ambitions than in free technique, I'll do my best but I can have my say as I did for the 2018 Olympics, where there was the hard course in classic". Maicol Rastelli is looking forward to it, but he considers the courses in Val di Fiemme to be among the toughest: "The courses are very hard in Fiemme, even harder than these ones (Toblach - ed). My goal is to do well in the sprint. I prefer a hard course in classic, the sprint is my favourite race format". Stefan Zelger is at his second appearance in Tour de Ski: “Let’s see if I manage to conclude it, if I still have the strength to face Alpe Cermis”. Anna Comarella, from Belluno is among the most determined Italian skiers: “The Classic sprint in Val di Fiemme will be more beautiful than the one in Lenzerheide. My goal is to arrive on Alpe Cermis, it's something different and new for me, I'd really like to achieve this goal". Caterina Ganz will find her fan club in Val di Fiemme: "My aim is to conclude the Tour and to make my supporters happy". Lucia Scardoni also aims for the Classic sprint: "My goal for the Tour de Ski is to get to the Classic sprint in Val di Fiemme, the race that suits me best". The programme of the Fiemme Ski World Cup committee includes many side events, and the three last competitions of the Tour de Ski will entertain the public between the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero and Alpe Cermis.
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