8-9-10 January 2021

FIS Cross-Country World Cup kicks off with a Sprint

'100th Race' of Tour De Ski in Val di Fiemme


The ‘impossible’ challenge of Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup kicks off on 29th November in Ruka (FIN)
From Lago di Tesero to Predazzo: twelve World Cup races in ten days

The final stage of Tour de Ski – from 3rd to 5th January in Val di Fiemme (ITA) – will be the most exciting ever. On Friday 3rd January, the Fiemme Ski World Cup committee, which has been organising World Cup races for more than thirty years, will celebrate the 100th race ever of Tour de Ski with the 10 km and 15 km mass start races in Lago di Tesero. On Saturday there will be a sprint while on Sunday the new Final Climb mass start and the tenth ‘Rampa con i Campioni’, a race organised for amateurs and former champions (entry fee: 25 euros by Friday 3rd January). The following week everyone will move to the Ski Jump Arena of Predazzo for the FIS Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined World Cups (for a total of twelve races in ten days).
The World Cup season will soon kick off in Ruka (FIN) with a sprint scheduled for 29th November. The athletes will then go to Lillehammer (NOR), Davos (SUI) and Planica (SLO). The 2019-20 Tour de Ski will officially start on Saturday 28th December in Lenzerheide (SUI) and will continue in Toblach and in Val di Fiemme, the very heart – as always – of the event inspired by cycle stage races.
The Russian Sergej Ustiugov is among the favourites. He knows well how to fight ‘until the end’: "I want to give my best, but I can't make predictions. I'm ready for anything". Among the champions there are also the phenomenon Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, the other Russian Aleksandr Bol'šunov and the Italian Francesco De Fabiani and Federico Pellegrino, who – thanks to the sprint – may leave his mark also in Val di Fiemme. But the toughest challenge as always is the Final Climb on Alpe Cermis, 10 km in free technique with a max. gradient of 30%, an average gradient of 12% and 420 meters of difference in height. May the best man win!

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