Cross-country skiing: the Grand Slams lengthy distance manner
This is one in all the nice novelties of the 2020/2021 season of the Visma Ski Classics. Within the world lengthy distance circuit, a number of are thought of aside: they represent the Grand Classics. As in tennis and golf, they’re 4 in quantity, built-in into the world circuit and whoever manages to win all of them in the identical 12 months achieves the Grand Slam and pocketed € 100,000.
The Marcialonga, which can hyperlink Sunday Moena and Cavalese (Italy), is the first of those races. Then observe in order the Jizerska 50 (February 14, Czech Republic), the Vasaloppet (March 7, Sweden) and the Birkebeinerrennet (March 20, Norway). These races had been chosen as a result of they’re the most prestigious on the circuit. “These events also earn more points [au classement général du circuit] to the winners ”, provides David nilsson, CEO of Visma Ski Classics.
Yet reaching the Grand Slam is nearly unattainable. Since the institution of the lengthy distance racing circuit, no cross-nation skier or cross-nation skier has achieved this efficiency. Moreover, solely 4 athletes gained the 4 occasions: the Italian Cristina Paluselli, the Swedish Jenny Hansson and the Norwegians Anders Aukland and Petter Eliassen. ” This is very fun ! This will increase the interest of the spectators, and give an additional objective to those able to play the Grand Slam ”, hopes Lina korsgren, in an interview given to the Visma.
His compatriot Britta Johansson Norgren could possibly be an opponent of selection, supplied she takes the begin. Injured on La Diagonela and absent on the Toblach-Cortina, the triple winner of the occasion (2016, 2018, 2019) is registered, however has not confirmed that she is going to don her bib. Another lacking selection: the Norwegian Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes, titleholder and retired. Czech Katerina smutna, which gained in 2015 and 2017, the Norwegians Astrid Oyre Slind and Emilie Fleten in addition to the Swedish Ida Dahl they are going to be current and to be watched. The French Roxane Lacroix (Decathlon Experience group) can even be at the begin.
Plethora of former winners in the males’s race
On the male aspect, the Swedish Oskar Kardin could have rather a lot to do to hold the lead of the basic. Winner on La Diagonela, second on the Toblach-Cortina, the ghost will face a portray raised in Italy. The former winners Tord Asle Gjerdalen (2015, 2016, 2017), Ilya Chernousov (2018) and Petter Eliassen (2019) are introduced, identical to Ermil Vokuev, who final week gained the Toblach-Cortina.
The Decathlon Experience group will initially be small and can align the French Bastien Poirrier, Théo Deswaziere, Alexandre Pouye, Paul Combey, Antoine Auger and Switzerland Arnaud Du Pasquier. Author of promising outcomes for his debut on the circuit, Matis Leray (group Robinson Trentino) is aiming for a prime 30. Nordic Magazine shall be represented by Corentin Jacquot, together with Baptiste Blondeau and of Jocelyn David Reason.
- Place of departure : Moena (Italy)
- Arrival level : Cavalese (Italy)
- Distance: 70 km
- Elevation: 1,030 m
- Style: traditional
- Expected climate: -10 ° C
- Number of contributors : 4000
- Departure time : 7.45 a.m. (ladies), 8 a.m. (males)
- Main engaged: Petter Eliassen, Morten Eide Pedersen, Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Norway), Oskar Kardin (Sweden), Ermil Vokuev, Ilya Chernousov (Russia), Bastien Poirrier, Théo Deswazière, Matis Leray (France), Arnaud Du Pasquier (Switzerland)
- Main commitments: Britta Johansson Norgren, Lina Korsgren (Sweden), Astrid Oyre Slind (Norway), Katerina Smutna (Czech Republic), Roxane Lacroix (France)
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Photos: La Marcialonga and Nordic Focus.