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XIV traditional international Rostec Demino FIS/Worldloppet Ski Marathon 2021. Day 1.

XIV traditional international Rostec Demino FIS/Worldloppet Ski Marathon 2021. Day 2.

After a very warm Christmas and an equal start into the new year, the organisers of the Dolomitenlauf decided to hold this year"s 39th edition once again on the trails in Obertilliach and not down in the valley around Lienz. Therefore the course won"t measure 60km but 42km. Perfectly prepared already for the Biathlon Junior World Championships, the tracks up on the plateau await the racers for the two days of classic and skating competitions. In comparison to last year, when the race was also held in Obertilliach due to lack of snow in the valley, the track has changed slightly. It still starts in the cross country stadium in Obertilliach to continue direction Untertilliach – however, this year, there are no serpentines to do right after the start as it was still the case last year. Returning from Untertilliach, the track nestles on the foot of the mountain range to its left side, passing the stadium just to continue until the village of Karitsch where the track turns once again in order to go back to the stadium. Once close to the stadium, it"s still not time for the finish as this time a short 2km loop on the “serpentine hill” of last year has to be done before it"s time to activate the last energy resources for the finish sprint!
On Saturday, it"s time for the 42km and 20km classic races, whereas on Sunday the best long distance skiers in the skating technique will fight for the precious points for the overall FIS Marathon Cup. They will start over 42km however, there is also a 20km skating race for all those skiers, who prefer a shorter race. Already on Friday evening, in the heart of Lienz, the first highlight of the weekend happens: The Dolomitensprint! Several Sprint specialists will compete alongside well known long distance skiers who will try their luck on the fast Sprint course. Thousands of fans will cheer for them as they speed around the short city course which includes a little jump which has already seen some spectacular moments.
In total, around 2000 starters from 30 nations will participate in the different races over the weekend.


After the Jizerská Padesatka"s 50km CT race (CZE) last weekend, the classic specialists take a break to prepare the Marcialonga (ITA), which will happen on January 27 in Val di Fassa & Val di Fiemme. However, the skating specialists and other good allrounders are already desperately waiting to show off once more after the La Sgambeda (ITA) right before Christmas. The strong Italian team, who has with Fabio Santus the winner of the last two years in its rows, will be supported by no other than Pietro Piller Cottrer, the World Champion over 15km in 2005 and the Olympic Champion with the team in Torino in 2006. Alongside him and Fabio Santus, Sergio Bonaldi, Simone Paredi, Cristian Zorzi and Florian Kostner will fight for another victory and – why not – for a complete Italian podium?! But there are others who won"t let the Italians take the first spots too easily: Johan Kjoelstad (NOR), Martin Koukal (CZE), Martin Bajcicak (SVK) and Benoît Chauvet (FRA), who was fourth in the La Sgambeda, will be the hardest contestants.
On the women"s side, Valentina Shevchenko (UKR) will surely be the favourite. She does not only come with the victory of last year"s edition of the Dolomitenlauf in her pocket, but also with a fresh win in the Jizerská Padesatka (CZE) on her account which makes her more motivated then ever. Stephanie Santer (ITA), the overall FIS Marathon Cup winner of last year who still struggles with her form, Tatjana Manimaa (EST) and Antonella Confortola (ITA) will do everything, to climb themselves the highest step of the podium.
The actual start list for the elite skiers can be found here (always subject to change).


January 20: Dolomitenlauf (AUT) - 3rd FIS Marathon Cup 2012-13 / 42km skating
10am: start of the 42km Dolomitenlauf at the cross country stadium in Obertilliach

Winners in 2011:
Men: 1st Fabio Santus (ITA), 2nd Aliaksei Ivanou (BLR), 3rd Tim Tscharnke (GER)
Women: 1st Valentina Shevchenko (UKR), 2nd Seraina Boner (SUI), 3rd Selina Gasparin (SUI)

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Next FIS Marathon Cup: January 27 – Marcialonga (ITA), 70km classic technique