Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme (Trentino region, Italy) next 6th - 7th January
The programme of the 12th edition of the most spectacular and demanding race has been published
On the 6th of January the Mass Start race at the XC skiing stadium in Lago di Tesero, Final Climb on Alpe Cermis on the 7th
New challenge for the Nordic Ski Fiemme organising committee
What kind of Tour de Ski would be without the Final Climb of Val di Fiemme? A question that makes you "shiver" just thinking about. The final leg of one of the most eagerly awaited International cross-country skiing events will remain in Italy, being the only Italian stage included in the Tour de Ski 2017/2018 programme. The cross-country-skiing World Cup will start in Ruka (Finland) on the 24th of November and end in Falun (Sweden) on the 18th of March, and the beautiful Val di Fiemme in the Trentino region will once again host the two decisive legs of this demanding competition, which enhances the strongest skiers, both physically and mentally, at world level. The competition, conceived after the model of "Tour de France", will end with a Mass Start race of 10 km for ladies and of 15 km for men in classic style on Saturday, followed by the final climb on Alpe Cermis on the 7th of January, which will crown the winners of the 12th edition.
Last January the victory went to Russian Sergey Ustiugov, capable of beating Norwegian Sundby, whereas Norwegian Heidi Weng beat Finn Krista Parmakoski among the ladies.
The 12th Tour de Ski will begin in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) on the 30th of December with a sprint race, followed by other two races in the same location, before moving to Oberstdorf in Germany, after a 24-hour break, with another sprint race on the 3rd of January and a Mass Start of 10 and 15 km on the 4th of January.
The final legs will be held in Val di Fiemme on the 6th and 7th of January, with a Mass Start at the XC skiing stadium in Lago di Tesero (10 and 15 km) and the traditional Final Climb to celebrate the end of seven memorable stages, which include two sprint races that will give sprinters the opportunity of playing an important role before the last "terrifying" climb that will crown the winners.
The Nordic Ski Fiemme organising committee will therefore represent Italy in the only Italian stage and is ready for the challenge, led by chairman Bruno Felicetti.
The Final Climb is the most eagerly awaited event in the World Cup season and has been held in the Trentino region for 12 consecutive years.