FIS Cross-Country World Cup returns to Toblach
Only a few weeks after FIS Tour de Ski stages in Cortina/Toblach, FIS Cross-Country World Cup returns to Northern Italy to Toblach/Dobiaco. This upcoming weekend Toblach will provide Sochi-bound athletes one final chance to measure their competition shape before the Olympic games begin in just 10 days.
Toblach is often called a “door to the Dolomites” thanks to the breath-taking views of the famous Three Peaks. The Nordic Arena in Toblach is reports perfect snow conditions, perfectly groomed courses and is ready to welcome World’s best Cross-Country skiing athletes again.
Who’s on the start
With national championships in January and a free World Cup weekend last week, many skiers have not competed on the World Cup since FIS Tour de Ski.
Dario Cologna (SUI) will havehis World Cup debut in Toblach after testing his shape at the CoC in Chamonix and Swiss nationals in Leysin. Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla or Marcus Hellner skipped FIS Tour de Ski and their World Cup break goes back to before Christmas. Norwegian and Finnish distance teams sit out World Cup competitions in Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) and Szklarska Poreba (POL) and Northug, Sunby, Bjoergen and Co. will compete again in the World Cup for the first time since early January. In total more than 230 athletes from 26 countries will start on Toblach
The program features one distance competition and a sprint. 10 km Classic ladies and 15 km men is scheduled on Saturday. Sunday will feature free technique sprints.
Saturday, 1st February 2014 Ladies 10 km classic, 10:30 CET
Men 15 km classic, 14:15 CET
Sunday, 2nd February 2014 Sprint free ladies/men 11:00 CET (quarterfinals)
Winners FIS Tour de Ski Stage January 2014
15 km ladies pursuit free
1. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)
2. Therese Johaug (NOR)
3. Anne Kylloenen (FIN)
35 km men pursuit free
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR)
3. Alex Harvey (CAN)