WORLDLOPPET INTERNATIONAL SKI FEDERATION

Marcialonga 2017 ready to host 3rd FIS Worldloppet Cup stage 2017

On Sunday 7500 skiers are going to take part in the 44th edition of the traditional Italian Worldloppet race. Among them the world's elite.

Date:27.01.2017
Contributed byMarcialonga

The first FIS Worldloppet Cup competition 2017 in Austria, the Dolomitenlauf, was dominated by French skiers. Aurelie Dabudyk, last years overall Champion, and Ivan Boiteux Perrillat from France won the 2nd FIS Worldloppet Cup stage in the Austrian Dolomites. Now one week later the whole circuit has moved from Lienz/AUT to Val di Fiemme in Italy. The venue of the Marcialonga, taking place the coming Sunday 29th Jan 8:55 am. But not only the stars of the FIS Worldloppet Cup travelled to Val di Fiemme, but also 7500 Worldloppet skiers.

 

History & fund-raising on program tomorrow 

The program for tomorrow starts with the legendary Marcialonga Story race, where 250 ski lovers are going to wear old and nostalgic skies and cloths and ski a part of the Marcialonga track to celebrate the history of the italian marathon. Also a kids-race, a youth competition and a charity event - Marcialonga Stars - where ski legends and celebrities ski to fund-raise money for a good cause, will be held tomorrow. In the evening the organizers invite all the Worldloppet skiers to a welcome party.

See the whole program. 

 

French favorites at the 3rd FIS Worldloppet Cup stage 2017 

The elite ladies will start at 8.55 a.m. followed by men at 9.00 with number one favourite Tord Asle Gjerdalen trying to obtain his third consecutive victory. To reach his goal he will have to battle with many top skiers who formerly competed in the World Cup circuit and the whole FIS Worldloppet Cup elite like the red bib wearing Ivan Boiteaux Perrillat or the men in orange from Team Rossignol Gel Interim: Candide Pralong, Bastien Poirrier, Toni Livers etc.

The top favourite ladies are Britta Johansson Norgren, the Swedish marathon skiing star and Seraina Boner from Switzerland, who was one of her biggest competitor over the last seasons. But of course those two have to beat Aurelie Dabudyk (FRA) first. She is wearing the red bib and showed her strenght at the last stage, the Dolomitenlauf.

This year the track is actually less demanding than usual because the OC had to decide to shorten the track to 57 km, instead of the traditional 70 km, and to move the starting point to Mazzin. The same happened in 1976 (50 km), 1993 (55 km), 2007 and 2015 (57 km). “The costs associated to the production of artificial snow for the first 13 km would have been too high and we therefore decided to focus on the track quality instead of its length”, explained Marcialonga chairman Angelo Corradini. 

 

Marcialonga on Worldloppet-TV

The highlights of the Marcialonga festival will be shown on Worldloppet-TV on Sunday 8:00 p.m. on our website. To come into the right mood - if you are not already - you can watch the previous episodes of Worldloppet-TV 2017


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