Italians going for distance instead of speed in Novarello
Now it’s time to get serious in Novarello for the Italian Alpine World Cup men's team. As part of the project called OLI.SA, the guys of the group led by Gianluca Rulfi are guests in the village Azzurro, residents in a beautiful building at the entrance of Novara. The daily menu includes a hundred kilometers of cycling in the morning and gym work-outs in the afternoon. In between the work-out sessions there was enough time for a quick talk with Francesco Marianini and Raffaele Rubino, the leaders of the local football team, which will compete in the playoffs to move up to series A. Christof Innerhofer and Manfred Moelgg took good care of the guests.
"Coming to Novarello is always nice - said Moelgg – it is the perfect place to get our bodies back in shape. We begin the dry-land training with lots of pedaling on the bikes. For the past three years we have done this and had the chance to get to know the players of Novara. We root for them and we hope to bring them luck, sending them the magic potion that was with us during the World Championships in Garmisch. These conditioning days are really important to us because they will serve as the base for when we ski in Argentina later on.
Moelgg adds that the objectives for the upcoming World Cup season are clear for him: “A few years ago I arrived at the top in the overall standings doing only slalom and giant slalom. It will be tough to repeat this even if I add some super combined races. I therefore think it's best to focus on the specialty Cup ranking. Looking ahead - we are a young group -and 2012 will be important to prepare as best as possible for the World Championships in 2013 and then the Olympics in Sochi in 2014."
Christof Innerhofer, who will be in Moscow this weekend for promotional commitments, explains the following: "This past season I have been focusing on the World Cup competing in all specialties, but never really shone in any single one. The next season I will not commit the same error. I will concentrate especially on the speed disciplines and also compete in giant slalom because I can start with bib number 31. However, I do not want to think about the overall standings but instead aim at getting good results and then we'll see."
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