Alpe di Siusi/Compaccio (BZ), 10.01.2017 – The romantic gleam of the full moon riding high in the sky accompanied the 300-plus cross-country skiers that tackled the 15 and 30 km routes in the 11th Südtirol Moonlight Classic Seiser Alm, a fantastic night-time race that unfolds against the spectacular backdrop of the Alpe di Siusi and its plateau.
The 30 km route was won by Morris Galli, who finished ahead of Riccardo Mich, while Christian Baldauf took the third step on the podium.
In the women’s grouping, Monique Siegel held sway over Antonella Confortola with Deborah Rosa finishing third.
The shorter 15 km race was dominated by Stefano Detassis who crossed the line ahead of Marco Zeni and Remo Cardini. Judith Moroder was the first woman to finish there.
A first-class success
Thanks to heavy snowfalls in recent days, entries in the Moonlight Classic topped the 300 mark. A total of 10 different nations were represented, attesting to the international draw of the Alpe di Siusi which continues to attract cross-country ski enthusiasts from abroad.
"We are extremely satisfied with this edition of the Moonlight Classic because thanks to the heavy snowfalls, we delivered a major result," declared Alpe di Siusi Marketing director Leander Senoner. "My compliments go first and foremost to the organisers from the Alpe di Siusi Tourist Association who, once again this year, succeed in attracting a large number of enthusiasts with an event that is becoming increasingly prestigious and exciting with each passing year."
Moonlight Classic 2017
11th Edition - Compaccio (BZ)
Men's Classification (30 km)
1. Morris Galli Vbi Banca Gocci (ITA) 1:35.48,4
2. Riccardo Mich Team Futura (ITA) 1:35.50,2
3. Christian Baldauf A-Sulzberg (AUT) 1:35.50,6
Women's Classification (30 km)
1. Monique Siegel SC Norweger Annabgerg (GER) 1:39.26,4
2. Antonella Confortola SC NordicSportful (ITA) 1:41.05,6
3. Deborah Rosa GSA Asiago (ITA) 1:48.11,2
Men's Classification (15 km)
1. Stefano Detassis Sci Club Marzola (ITA) 51.24,7
2. Marco Zeni Sci Club Marzola (ITA) 54.08,6
3. Remo Cardini Team Futura (ITA) 54.42,4
Women's Classification (15 km)
1. Judith Moroder Skiclub Groden Raiffeisein (ITA) 59.22,7
2. Monica Confortola // (ITA) 1:00.04,1
3. Anna Evaldsson Ok Sodertorn (SWE) 1:00.09,9