Cross-Country Talk: Francesco De Fabiani (ITA)
Who is the future of Italian Cross-Country Skiing. The answer seems to be quite clear; Francesco De Fabiani. The 22-year old skier from Aosta topped the U23 World Cup ranking and won his first World Cup in Lahti. FIS Cross-Country News talked to the young Italian.
Francesco, you finished your first complete World Cup season and you ended in 13th place in the Overall World Cup standing. Quite an impressive performance. How was the season for you?
It has been an amazing season for me! In fact when I think back before the season, my main goal was to finish a few times in top 30. It is incredible I finished in 13th place in the Overall World Cup Standing.
Your victory in Lahti was not only the first win for you but also the first since 2010 when Girgio Di Centa won in Canmore. How do you feel about that?
Yes, that is right. My victory in Lahti was really special for Italy. It was the first win after Giorgio Di Centa’s in Canmore in a distance competition. But it's also the first in classic since 1999 (Fabio Maj Sprint TC - Engelberg SUI) and first in a distance classic since 1997 (Silvio Fauner 10 Km TC - Hakuba JPN). The last time an Italian won a 15 km classic was in 1993 in Ulrichen SUI by Marco Albarello. I was born 3 months after that! Now I am the youngest Italian male World Cup winner, before it was Pietro Piller Cottrer. I am in a great company :-)
On top of great results last winter you also won the Helvetia U23 Ranking. How important is this award for you and your career?
The victory Helvetia U23 ranking was an excellent bonus, something special. I felt great satisfaction.
You are back again in full training. How has been the off-season so far?
I started preparation for the new season on 18th May. This summer I am going to take part in five training camps with the Italian national team, which will be just dry-land training. IN the autumn we are going to train on glaciers in Val Senales, Stelvio and Ramsau.
What are your goals for the next winter?
I have not set myself any concrete goals for the next winter. I would like repeat good performances and continue to develop as a skier.