70 km track is ready for this weekend’s Marcialonga
The coming weekend we focus on Italy, for the Marcialonga. Organizers announce best conditions.
In two days, on 27th January, Marcialonga will celebrate the 46th edition of a long history. This year there are all sorts of champions at the start – both champions of the past and today’s champions – including Olympic stars of other sports.
Famous names on the original 70 km course
President Angelo Corradini can proudly announce that the 70 km track from Moena to Cavalese has been completed. Everyone is now waiting for the first snowflakes, which could fall in the next hours, because, you know, a snowy Marcialonga is something special. There will be 7,500 cross-country skiers, many of them will be “bisonti” (the bison) a nickname for the amateurs of Marcialonga. But among them there are some people that have made the history of sport, both in Italy and in the world: the Olympic cycling champion Paolo Bettini, the Olympic cross-country champion Cristian Zorzi, the Olympic canoeing champion Antonio Rossi and the Olympic rings champion Jury Chechi and the former goalkeeper of the Italian national team Francesco Toldo. At the start, there will be also the Swedish rock singer Anders Wendin and the former Swedish footballer Patrik Andersson.
Favourites are coming from Norway & Russia
On the elite skier’s side probably Petter Eliassen (NOR) is the big favourite since he is currently leading the Visma Ski Classics. His teammates from Team BN Bank are impressive as well: Simen Oestensen is in second place and Morten Eide Pedersen in third. Also, other names on the starting list are quite famous: Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Andreas Nygaard, last year’s winner Ilya Chernousov etc.“Marcialonga is all I’ve been thinking about during the year”, said the winner of 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions Tord Asle Gjerdalen – he won two world gold medals and two bronze medals, one of each obtained in Val di Fiemme: “Last January I wasn’t strong enough on the climb of Cascata – said Gjerdalen – it wasn’t really my day and now I’ll do everything I can to train and come back stronger”.
In the race there will be also the veteran and teammate of the ‘sergeant’ with Ray-Ban, Anders Aukland, Olympic and world gold medallist: “Marcialonga is undoubtedly the most important race of the year, I hope that our team can do well”. The parade of champions and former champions will also see Aleksandr Panzinskij, Olympic silver, at the start, together with Alexandr Legkov, another Olympic champion. Jerry Ahrlin, three times winner of Marcialonga (2007, 2009, 2011), the Swedish Jörgen Brink, the Czech Stanislav Rezac and the world champion Anders Gloersen will be present as well.
Norgren chased by Slind in ladies competition
The women’s elite sees the Swedish Britta Johansson Norgren as the favourite; but she has a strong chaser: Astrid Oyre Slind, sister of the World Cup athlete Kari Oyre Slind. If she were to improve in the final rush, Norgren’s first place would not be so safe. Also, the always excellent Katerina Smutna & Justyna Kowalczyk could attack the double poling specialists at Marcialonga.
Worldloppet present at Marcialonga
For all Worldloppet skiers: You should know that we have our own Worldloppet stand at the Expo of Marcialonga. So if you have any questions, information for us or just want to purchase a Worldloppet Passport or other Worldloppet gear, visit us on our stand at Marcialonga’s expo.< Back