Lukas Bauer: I want to keep the winning momentum in Estonia
Lukas Bauer will be the only Czech skier to take part in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Oetepää, Estonia.
“I’m looking forward to Estonia as I have been always successful there and I like Otepää as well,” Bauer said before taking off from the Prague airport. Bauer is currently holding the 7th place in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup standing and he won three times in a row the classical competition in Otepää having claimed once a second place. Bauer missed the World Cup in Otepää last year due to illness. Eldar Roenning grabbed victory then and Martin Jaks did a solid performance having claimed 6th place.
“The courses in Otepää are tough and difficult but though skiable. The atmosphere there is always thrilling, Bauer explains pros of the Estonian winter capital. Organizers of Otepää got a new OC chief. Former elite Cross-Country skier Jaak Mae is in charge now and he was explaining to Bauer new features of the 5 km course.
Sunday’s 15 km classic will be featuring the biggest names of Cross-Country skiing with Cologna, Hellner, Manificat or Legkov. Petter Northug is skipping the World Cup in Estonia as he is focusing now on the long distance races Marcialonga, König Ludwig lauf and Vasaloppet. He was also feeling tired after the FIS Tour de Ski.
“Towards the end of the Tour I was exhausted like never in my life, the last day was a killer,” Bauer admitted to www.czech-ski.com. For one week after the Tour he was resting at home only with short one-hour skiing trips. “I was not very much helpful with house works,” he smiled. As late as this week he has started to pick up harder training load. “We are having plenty of snow, only yesterday it was raining. At the beginning, my training was not that smooth but since two days I have been feeling good again,” Bauer said.
On Tuesday evening the Czech ace was paid an unexpected visit of antidoping control. “They came at 8:30 p.m. when I was reading my kids a good night fairy-tale and getting them ready to go to bed. Suddenly, two bubble hat persons were in front of the door ringing the bell. They were from Germany having driven some 300 km. I served them with refreshment as they had to wait an hour. Luckily they did not come at midnight,” Bauer explained. “In the system on the internet I write when I am 100% ready for a control. I put there I am available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., they can stop by any time during the day,“ he added.
From Estonia, Bauer will be flying with his personal serviceman Fousek directly to Munich where he will join the rest of the Czech squad, which will be heading for the high altitude training camp in Italy. Before the home World Cup in Nove Mesto he will be competing in the Czech nationals that will take place in the same venue only one week before the World Cup. Bauer is planning to come to Nove Mesto only one day prior to his competition. “Biochemist Emil Bolek will be with us all the time. I want to test a new training model, to find out when it is the best time to come down from the high altitude for the competition. I would like to use it next year before the World Championships in Val di Fiemme,” Bauer revealed.
Press release by Czech Ski Team