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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.

The perfect sunshine of yesterday"s Dolomiten Classic Race did not hold on for the 42km long Dolomitenlauf which was held in the skating technique, but a nevertheless perfectly prepared track awaited the participants of the 39th edition of the Dolomitenlauf. Normally held in the valley near Lienz, the race was, once again this year, rescheduled in Obertilliach due to earlier lack of snow. In Obertilliach, where the Biathlon Junior World Championships will be held from next week on, the conditions were different and the race could be held without any problems. The track layout was changed in comparison to last year to make the race even more attractive but also more challenging. After three victorious years, Fabio Santus (ITA) started the race to become the winner once more. However, this year it should be the year of his team mate Sergio Bonaldi. He attacked early and could hold on to his lead until the end. Behind him, Martin Bajcicak (SVK) became second, skiing also on his own for almost the whole race. The biggest fight of the race was fought for the third place. Once again, Petter Northug Jr., who entered the race just the night before, played his role very well and stayed behind for a long time only to attack hard in the last uphill to the finish. Known for his strength in the finish sprint, he left four further Italians – Pietro Piller Cottrer and Cristian Zorzi among them – and several other racers behind.
On the women"s side, it was Olga Mikhailova (RUS) who did as Bonaldi: She attacked early and skied her way right into the finish and onto the highest podium place! Behind her, Tatjana Manimaa (EST), Antonella Confortola (ITA) and Monique Siegel (GER) were skiing together for most of the race but in the end, the Estonian had the most energy and left Confortolla and Siegel behind to take places 3 and 4.
At around 20km (half time of the race), it started to snow lightly, but the snowfall intensified during the last 20km and in the finish it was snowing heavily. A factor which played into the cards of some racers but for some it meant that the race got harder than expected.