Roland Clara wins Pedavena - Passo Croce d'Aune
Two hundred and fifty skiers celebrated the 35th edition of the competition on the border between Feltre and Pedavena as Roland Clara powered to a clear win in the men's competition.
Clara controlled the competiiotn right from the start and was skiing always in leading positions. With 6 kilometers to go Clara Broke away, extended the lead and won in the new record time. Clara was 17 seconds faster than the current record holder Giorgio Di Centa.
"I am particularly happy with the performance because the feeling was good and the shape seems to be promising." Italian veteran Giorgio di Centa finished in a very good second place not far back behind Clara. Italy's head coach Silvio Fauner was visibly pleased Di Centa's promising recovery. "I am very satisfied," confirms Giorgio Di Centa, "considering the health problems the shape is not optimal. Today's performance gives me confidence for what will be my last season, I hope to close my career at the Olympic Games in Sochi. " Rollerski specialist Sergio Bonaldi finished in third place.
Aino Kaisa Saarinen wins ladies' competition
Ladies' competition was under the clear command of two international Cross-Country Skiing stars - Aina Kaisa Saarinen (FIN) and Valentina Shevchenko (UKR). The Finn and the Ukrainian made the quick pace. At the 6 km to go checkpoint Aino Kaisa Saarinen sped up and left Shevchenko behind. Saarinen came alone to the finish and stopped the clock on the top of Passo Croce d'Aune in 37:10.1. Shevchenko came second +50 sec back and Debora Agreiter was third as the best Italian +1:29 behind Saarinen.
1st International roller ski sprint in Feltre
As a prelude to the 35th edition of the distance competition an inaugural International roller ski sprint took place in Feltre on Saturday afternoon. Ukrainian Ruslan Perekhoda celebrated victory ahead Federico Pellegrino and Finland's Ari Luusua.
Gaia Vuerich won the ladies sprint as Greta Laurent was second and Ilaria Debertolis finished in third place.