FIS Worldloppet Cup Final Stage in Russia is coming
The FIS Worldloppet Cup season 2019 is coming to an end! Only one stage is remaining. This weekend the Ugra Ski Marathon in the Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk is going to decide, who will become FIS Worldloppet Cup Champion 2019.
A long marathon skiing season is coming to an end
It has already been a long season for the world’s marathon skiing elite. Six stages of the official FIS-Worldcup of long-distance skiing, the FIS Worldloppet Cup, have been taking place from the beginning of January until now. The season started far away, for the first time in China, at the Vasaloppet China, then continued in Austria at the Dolomitenlauf. After that, the “hardcore February” was on the program: König Ludwig Lauf (Germany), La Transju (France), Tartu Maraton (Estonia), Finlandia Hiihto (Finland). Four weeks, four countries, four races! Now, the elite athletes had a break to recover for the final stage coming weekend: The Ugra Ski Marathon in the Russian Siberia, on Saturday the 6th of April.
Four men fighting for the FIS Worldloppet Cup Champion title
After this 6 stages we have a French leader in the men’s competition & a Swedish one in the ladie’s competition. Damien Tarantola – e-liberty Skiteam – has not won a single stage, but with two 2nd places and a 3rd place he collected enough points, to be on top of the overall ranking before the last fight. But his team colleagues Gerard Agnellet & Loic Guigonnet are staying right on his heels, same as Bastien Poirrier from the Team Jobstation Rossignol. These 4 skiers have real chances to claim the overall victory in the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2019.
The ladie’s competition is already decided: After trying it for several seasons, Maria Gräfnings from Sweden finally managed to win the FIS Worldloppet Cup. With 4 victories and a second place throughout the season, she fixed her first overall victory already before the final stage in Russia. But not only Maria can enjoy spring skiing at the Ugraloppet: Also Tatjana Mannima’s (EST) second position is safe and if nothing exremly unlikely is happening, Klara Moravcova (CZE) is going to become 3rd in the overall ranking.
Ugra Ski Marathon is ready to host the Final Stage
After one year break, the FIS Worldloppet Cup is returning to the Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk. Already in 2016 & in 2017 the decision in the FIS Worlldoppet Cup was made at the Ugra Ski Marathon. In these two years, the organizers have shown, that the Ugraloppet is a proper race to end the elite long-distance skiing season, which is the reason, why it was decided to return to Siberia for the Final Stage, a 50 km race in free technique.
Just a few days before the Ugra Ski Marathon the track is already open for training. It consists out of two different laps, a 5 km lap for amateurs and a 25 km lap for those participating in the 50 km main race the 25 km race. The venue is only 10 minutes away from the city center and the main hotels. It’s located in the river basin and captivates skiers with its boundless snow slopes and whiteness. The width of the track is 9 meters with up to 50 meters in the start and finish zone. The weather forecast for this week predicts cold nights and mild plus degrees during the daytime. More than 2000 participants, both professionals and amateur skiers, representing 10 countries are coming to Western Siberia to compete in the final 50 km race of the FIS Worldloppet Cup.