Doloimten Classic race dominated by Italians
Today the first race of the Dolomitenlauf weekend in the Austrian Dolomites took place. Light snowfalls & minus degrees during the night and morning guaranteed perfect conditions for the 42 & 20 km race. Today, Italians dominated the competitions with almost 600 skiers from 27 nations.
Italians dominate the Dolomiten Classic race
At 10:00 in the morning the almost 600 classic skiers started their journey through the woods & fields of Obertilliach in the biathlon & cross-country skiing centre. 2 hours an 8 minutes later the first elite skier arrived at the finish: Lorenzo Busin, coming from Italy decided the long distance for him, 3 minutes and 19 seconds ahead of his compatriots, Riccardo Mich and Christian Lorenzi. Best Austrian skier in the 42-km-race today was Simon Kugler with place 5.
Dolomiten Classic Race winner Lorenzo Busin. c: EXPA-ANG
“This is my first international victory! I am more than happy and want to thank especially my serviceman who prepared perfect skies for me!”, says the 22 years old happy winner Busin, who started his major attack 15 kilometres before the finish.
Dolomiten CL Race results Men, 42 km
- Lorenzo Busin, ITA
- Riccardo Mich, ITA
- Christian Lorenzi, ITA
- Simone Varesco, ITA
- Simon Kugler, AUT
- Stefano Mich, ITA
The short distance over 20 km was won by another young Italian skier. Stefan Zelger, who won the Dolomitensprint yesterday evening, also claimed the victory in today’s short distance race. Two Italians followed him: Lorenzo Romani, second and Claudio Muller, third.
Sjöström from Finland wins lady’s Dolomiten Classic Race
The fastest female today in the long distance was Annika Sjöström from Finland. She dominated the race from the first meter on. In the end, she had a gap to the second-placed Milla Toivonen – also Finland – of more of 15 minutes. The third place today went to Austria, to Michaela Schwarzenbacher.
Dolomiten Classic race results women, 42 km
- Annika Sjöström, FIN
- Milla Toivonen, FIN
- Michaela Schwarzenbacher, AUT
The short ladies race brought the 3rd out of 4 possible Italian victories: Virginia De Martin Topranin, 21 year’s old crossed the finish line in Obertilliach first, 2 minutes and 4 seconds before the next Italian, Chiara De Zolt Ponte. The 3rd place went to Alessia De Zolt Ponte.
Tomorrow starts the FIS Worldloppet Cup stage 2 – Dolomitenlauf
Now everyone is focussing on tomorrows skating race, the highlight of the weekend, the Dolomitenlauf 2019. It is also the 2nd stage of the FIS Worldloppet Cup, that means many international top skiers are going to be at the starting line! The big favourites are coming from France in the men’s competition – Bastien Poirrier – and from Sweden in the ladies race: Maria Gräfnings.