17th Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme was a record one. Third success for the “cannibal” Johannes Hosflot Klæbo, first man able to reach 6 victories out of 7 competitions in one edition. The Swedish Frida Karlsson, once recovered from Final Climb, raised up her first crystal trophy as the second youngest athlete ever winning the Tour, after her compatriot Charlotte Kalla. Delphine Claudel (FRA) got her very first victory in the World Cup at Final Climb.
Italy, in its home stage, got on the podium twice: on Friday with Simone Mocellini at the CT Sprint and on Saturday with Francesco De Fabiani at the CT Mass Start. Federico Pellegrino got a second place at Val Müstair’s Sprint and a third in the CT 10 km, while in Germany he won a bronze medal in the Pursuit.
“It could not have been better – said Italian Team DT Alfred Stauder - we are hopeful for the World Championships and the next races. The coach Markus Cramer and the president Roda are happy and satisfied with how the group worked. We need some improvements, in particular among women. We are doing our best and we can see it. We were not able to celebrate yesterday, athletes have been away from home for ten days and they could not wait to get back home. I hope we can celebrate at the end of the season as we should”.
Bruno Felicetti, president of the OC Fiemme World Cup, and Pietro De Godenz, president of Val di Fiemme Ski Promotion Committee, are satisfied with these three days that ended up counting 20.000 people between Lago di Tesero Cross Country Stadium and Alpe Cermis.
Even the final prize money was a record one: this Tour de Ski has been generous with athletes with a total amount of 780.000 €, equally divided among men and women. Klæbo’s bank account raised up to 113.500 € just with Tour de Ski!
Great engagement with the collateral events too, as Coop Mini World Cup, Tour del Gusto along Olimpia III track, the first podium of Dario Cologna at Rampa con i Campioni and Winterfest, in Lago di Tesero’s party tent. TV share data are not available yet, but there were 15 broadcasters transmitting live and 2 delayed. Eurosport broadcasted Tour de Ski all over Europe and Asia.
Fiemme World Cup OC looks to the future: from September 8th to 10th, the Roller Ski World Cup takes place in Val di Fiemme and then… waiting for 2024 and a new edition of Tour de Ski.