Val di Fiemme to close out 12th FIS Tour de Ski

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At the beginning of the 16th century, Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote 'The Praise of Folly'. If he knew the FIS Tour de Ski, and the eventual leg in Val di Fiemme in particular, he would refer to it as the praise of effort, the elegy of men and women's toughness.

The 12th FIS Tour de Ski will kick off on 30 December in Switzerland's Lenzerheide and the curtain will come down on 6 and 7 January 2018 in Italy's Val di Fiemme, as tradition goes.

Be tough, determined and never back down! The seven Tour de Ski legs are for brave souls only and for those cross-country athletes who are able to challenge themselves meter after meter. The last two days in Val di Fiemme represent the final effort, a 10k or 15k – women and men respectively – followed by the Final Climb up on the Alpe Cermis.

Thousands of people will be cheering everyone on, and the Val di Fiemme legs every year become a sensational sport show. Norwegian Heidi Weng and Russian Sergej Ustiugov are the current reigning champions, they managed to climb the unbelievably tough track with up to 30% gradient better than anyone else last January. In about two months, we'll see who will be the next Tour de Ski King and Queen.

In addition to this, the local Nordic Ski Fiemme OC confirmed the promo event 'Rampa con i campioni', entries will open in a few days, to any skier who wants to challenge himself or herself up a real mountain.

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