Press release by Worldloppet.com
What a day in Obertilliach, Austria. Sunshine, temperatures around 0°C and perfectly groomed tracks made the 43rd Dolomitenlauf a great popular race. But not only the popular skiers enjoyed a great day of marathon skiing, but also the world's elite. The Dolomitenlauf opened the FIS Worldloppet Cup season 2017. The planned first stage in Autrans had to be canceled due to a lack of snow.
One thing is clear after the first cup race 2017: The French skiers are very hard to beat again this season, especially one lady.
43RD DOLOMITENLAUF AND ITS WINNERS
Eight out of the first ten places in the men's competition of the 43rd Dolomitenlauf went to France, so the Frenchmen showed their power already in the beginning of the FIS Worldloppet Cup season 2017. But we can expect a very exciting winter because among the top-ten we find four different teams and 10th place was not even half a minute behind the winner.
Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux from Haute-Savoie Nordic Team again showed his sprinting skills and crossed the finish line 2 seconds before Pralong Candide from Team GEL interim Rossignol. The winner's teammate Guigonnet Loic jumped on the podium too, just 2 seconds before the first non-french skier, a newcomer in the cup, Varis Kari from Finland.
The ladies competition in the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2017 starts, as the whole last season was looking like. Aurelie Dabudyk (FRA) - also HSNT - managed to stay on top of the ranking. She won the Dolomitenlauf last year, she won it again this year. One thing is for sure, whoever wants to beat her, has to be very strong. Fifty-three seconds was the gap between her and second placed finisher Rahel Imoberdorf from Switzerland (SAS&tg hütten team). Another Swiss skier, Seraina Boner from GEL interim Rossignol, filled out the podium. The Estonian and former FIS Worldloppet Cup overall winner Tatjana Mannima became 4th in her come-back after a baby break.
FIS Worldloppet Cup Overall Ranking.
1. Ivan Perrillat Boiteux (FRA) 100 points
2. Candide Pralong (FRA) 80 points
3. Guigonnet Loic (FRA) 60 points
1. Aurelie Dabudyk (FRA) 100 points
2. Rahel Imoberdorf (SUI) 80 points
3. Seraina Boner (SUI) 60 points
Ivan Perrillat Boiteux (FRA), 1st place men:
"Our team is very strong this season and I am happy to have this team. I also love the competition with the Rossignol team. Of course, I am happy about my victory today and about wearing the red bib now, but this was only the first race of a long and hard season."
Aurelie Dabudyk (FRA), 1st place women:
"I am very happy today. It was just a perfect race for me. The conditions were great and also my shape. At the beginning of the final lap I attacked Rahel for the first time but it didn`t work out, so I tried it again and again and finally I got away from her."
Franz Theurl (AUT), Chief of OC:
"We had a perfect race today and also yesterday. This was not granted after the weather situation of the past moths. But all the people who helped to make this happen did a very good job and I want to thank them. I also want to congratulate the winners for their achievement."
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