Tour de Ski
From 5th to 6th January 2019
The stage race on cross country skis
The amazing pictures of athletes lying on the floor after the final effort on the ski slope Olimpia at Alpe Cermis have travelled the world. The Tour de Ski, ready for its tenth edition, was born to trigger the emotions of a stage race, on the model of the famous Tour de France. Not riding a bike, but “riding” cross country skis.
The competition gets the cross country professionals to measure their energies in the two techniques – classic and free – and on different courses (long distance, pursuit and sprint) to bring out the completeness and ability of quick body recover of cross country skiers.
On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January 2019, the World Cup champions are coming back to the valley: the two last stages of Tour de Ski peep out on the snow of Val di Fiemme. The race venues are the Cross Country Stadium Lago di Tesero and the incredible Final Climb up the ski slope Olimpia at Alpe Cermis, whose steep course have excited public and mass media since the first edition in 2007.
Next January, the World Cup Tour de Ski is reaching Val di Fiemme for the tenth consecutive time, with the mass start on Saturday (ladies 10 km, men 15km) and pursuit on Sunday, with the last 9 km between the Cross Country Stadium and Alpe Cermis. The world stars fight for the prestigious title and arrive on our side of the Alps after other stages raced in the southtyrol Toblach, in the Swiss Val Müstair and in the German Oberstdorf. The Tour starts on 29th December and, throughout a week, it reaches the Dolomites of Trentino to crown the heirs of the Norge Heidi Weng and the Swiss Dario Cologna, winners in 2018.
Detailed schedule: www.fiemmeworldcup.com
Tour del Gusto and Rampa con i Campioni
Among the side events that take place in the two-day cross country event, there is the timeless Tour del Gusto dedicated to the public waiting for the athletes along the Final Climb and the traditional promotional race Rampa con i Campioni with famous champions of the past like Katerina Neumannova, Peter Schlickenrieder, Fulvio Valbusa, Gabriella Paruzzi, Antonella Confortola, Cristian Zorzi and the advocates of the Tour de Ski, Mister Jürg Capol and Mister Vegard Ulvang.
When it was invented, the Tour de Ski “was a real challenge that I almost thought lost, when I saw the athletes during the race in the first edition. Afterwards, the success became greater and greater and I had to change my idea and rejoice with what we had conceived.” That's Mister Vegard Ulvang's comment given a short time ago, the father of the Tour with Jürg Capol. Since then, the Tour de Ski has always found the most welcoming house in Val di Fiemme for its ending. According to FIS, nothing will change until 2020, because that spectacular steep slope (30% of difference in height) is unique in the world and, as the cross country skiers say, skiing until the top surrounded by thousands of supporters and skiing lovers gives an incredible sensation.