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28/01/2013
MarciaMen2013
The names of the first three are the same as last year, only the second and the third have changed places. However, the race was a completely different one compared to last year. Has Joergen Aukland been about one minute behind at around 30km to go last year, he always was in the leading group this year. The tactic of team Xtra Personnell, the team of the best four men of this year"s race, was however, like last year, to push very hard in the beginning to split up the big group already as early as possible in order to prevent struggles later on in the flatter part of the race. However, conditions were so slow this morning between the start in Moena and the highest point in Canazei, that this tactic didn"t really work: When the leading group came back down to Moena (Val di Fassa) and then to Val di Fiemme, it still counted about 30 racers. With no possibility to break the group up in the flat part until Molina, everybody just tried to stay out of trouble as much as possible. So, once again, the race was decided during the last three kilometres, on the famous climb (“la cascata”) and like last year it was Joergen Aukland who showed everybody else who the king of double poling is! Behind him, Stanislav Rezac (CZE) tried everything to keep up with Aukland"s speed but he had to let him go. As Joergen"s brother Anders was not far behind, fighting hard with team mate Jerry Ahrlin (SWE) for the third place, Rezac could not calm down after seeing Joergen Aukland pass. In the end, Rezac secured the second place and Anders Aukland was victorious in the fight against Ahrlin for the third spot.
On the women"s side, it was a very clear victory of Seraina Boner (SUI). Pushing very hard from the beginning on, the girl from Davos had a large margin when she came to the final climb. Knowing that, she did not have to push herself to the very limit to get up that steep hill to the finish. Second placed Laila Kveli (NOR), like the best four men starting in the light green suits of Team Xtra Personnell, came almost two minutes behind Boner into the finish. Around thirty seconds later, it was time for the third lady to finish her race: Tatiana Jambaeva (RUS) secured the last podium place.
Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA), one of the local heroes and an Italian World Cup skier, who still hoped to qualify for the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, which will start in about three weeks, crashed into the barriers in on of the downhill parts at kilometre 30 while trying to catch the leading group again. During his crash he injured his right knee.


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