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Will the French skiers conquer Tartu Maraton again?

Estonia’s biggest skiing marathon, the 46th Tartu Maraton will take place this Sunday. Since it is the 5th stage of the FIS Worldloppet Cup, there is quite a big possibility that the French male skiers will occupy all three podium places for the second year in a row.

The first four races of the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2019 are over. Half-time we passed. Vasaloppet China, the Dolomitenlauf in Austria, a snowy König Ludwig Lauf in Germany & a one-man show at La Transjurasienne. This has been the season so far. Now we are watich to Tartu, Estonia, to follow the Tartu Maraton as 5th stage of the Cup. 

Almost 5000 skiers registered for 2019’s Tartu Maraton.

Last year’s surprising winner Antoine Auger, e-liberty Skiteam,  is once again in the start list, but perhaps the biggest favorites are the top 3 men in the Worldloppet Cup standings: Gerard Agnellet (finished second in last year’s Tartu Maraton), Bastien Poirrier and Benoit Chauvet (both from Team Jobstation Rossignol). Loic Guigonnet, who by the way is a good sprinter, also deserves a mention.

Estonian men have not won the Tartu Maraton since 2005 when former Vasaloppet winner Raul Olle triumphed. It looks like the drought will continue. A year ago Martti Himma finished in 5th place and was the best Estonian. This year he will probably once again be the best local skier and will try his best against the French skiers.

Tartu Maraton / foto: Ardo Säks

Among women the main favorite is Swede Maria Gräfnings, who leads the way in the Worldloppet Cup standings and also won Tartu Maraton last year. Two times Tartu Maraton winner Tatjana Mannima (EST) is Gräfnings’ main rival on Sunday, being second in the Cup standings and having a couple of top 3 finishes this season.

FIS Worldloppet Cup 2019/2020 Ranking Ladies

Rank FIS Code Name Nation Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
#1 3505096 Graefnings Maria 580 100 100 80 X 100 100 100
#2 1323565 MANNIMA Tatjana 334 X 80 60 50 80 32 32
#3 3155231 MORAVCOVA Klara 260 X 45 45 X 50 60 60
#4 3195040 FAIVRE-PICON Anouk 180 X X X 100 X X 80
#5 3515009 DONZALLAZ Nicole 112 X X 36 36 18 22 X
#6 3505258 KORSGREN Lina 100 X X 100 X X X X
#7 3515112 STIFFLER Tatjana 85 X X 40 X 45 X X
#8 3185038 Alusniemi Sini 80 X X X X X 80 X
#9 3125082 Chi Chunxue 80 80 X X X X X X
#10 3195192 CHOPARD LALLIER Celine 80 X X X 80 X X X

FIS Worldloppet Cup 2019/2020 Ranking Men

Rank FIS Code Name Nation Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
#1 3190280 TARANTOLA Damien 336 X 40 60 36 80 80 40
#2 3190301 AGNELLET Gerard 309 X 80 29 80 20 50 50
#3 3190401 GUIGONNET Loic 286 X 60 45 45 40 60 36
#4 3190125 Poirrier Bastien 242 60 22 20 50 45 45 X
#5 3190002 Chauvet Benoit 208 29 29 32 60 26 32 X
#6 3190076 Mougel Adrien 183 20 50 22 40 22 29 X
#7 3420815 Skinstad Petter Soleng 159 45 X 11 32 29 20 22
#8 3190322 Chambellant Thomas 115 18 45 X X 16 36 X
#9 3480004 Dementyev Evgeniy 100 X X X X X X 100
#10 3190029 DUVILLARD Robin 100 X X X 100 X X X

As of 16th of February, almost 5.000 skiers have registered for the 46th Tartu Maraton’s main races, which is approximately 1200 more than last year.

46th Tartu Maraton will take place tomorrow, on Sunday, 17th of February. 63 km distance (CT) will start at 9.00 in Otepää, shorter 31 km distance (CT) will start from Arula at 12.30. 

Live broadcast of the marathon here (with English commentary, starting on Sunday at 8.45 am local time):


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