Francesco De Fabiani: I look to the future with confidence
Italy’s Francesco De Fabiani is the rising of Cross-Country Skiing. For the second time in the row he won the U23 World Cup standing and last winter was a true breakthrough for twenty-three years old from Aosta valley.
Comparing to 2014/15 season De Fabiani almost doubled the number of World Cup points he won and finished in 12th place in the Overall World Cup standing. The classical technique specialist improved his free technique and showed his strength in an amazing finish of 15 km mass start free in Falun to claim 2nd place. In total the young skier from Gressoney landed three times on the individual World Cup podium last winter.
And De Fabiani is looking to future with confidence. “Next season is going to be a year with many important competitions. It is clear though, that the World Championships in Lahti is the biggest goal. There are some distance and formats that attract me but I think that 15 km classic is the race where I could have a biggest chance for a good result,” De Fabiani says.
However, De Fabiani does not put everything on one card only. “It will be important to focus also on the Overall World Cup. It is risky to bet on a few competitions in the season. If things go wrong, it can ruin the whole season. So I want to perform well at the Tour de Ski and 50 km at Holmenkollen,” De Fabiani claims.
He knows what he has to do to succeed. “We have identified areas where I need to get better to increase my competitiveness. I have to continue work on the free technique,” he concludes.
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