Artificial snow and sun for the first race of the Circuit Visma Ski Classics. The Norwegian United Bakeries Team won the PROLOGUE PROTEAM TEMPO by a whisker. Also the Olympic and world champions such as Gjerdalen and Aukland participated. All is set for tomorrow's marathon La Sgambeda, at the start line 900 cross country skiers, professionals and amateurs.
The season 2015/2016 of the circuit Visma Ski Classics started officially this morning in Livigno. This circuit gathers the most important 10 international marathon. The athletes competed in the Prologue Proteam on a 5 km circuit repeated for 3 laps on artificial snow at a temperature of -2.5 ° and sunny weather conditions. The United Bakeries Team composed of Tore Bjorset Berdal (Nor), John Kristian Dahl (Nor), Masako Ishida (Jpn), Johan Kjolstad (Nor), Oystein Pettersen (Nor), Astrid Oyre Slind,(Nor)won the Prologue in 2:16:09 followed by a whisker by the Santander Team, with Anders Aukland (Nor), Snorri Einarsson (Nor), Oyvind Moen Fjeld (Nor), Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Nor), Andreas Nygaard (Nor), Katerina Smutna (Aut), which finished in 2:16:45 and by the Exsprit Team composed of Seraina Boner (Sui), Morten Eide Pedersen (Nor), Bill Impola (Swe), Jimmie Johnsson (Swe), Annika Lofsrom (Swe), Daniel Richardsson (Swe), Tuva Tofdahl Staver (Nor) which finished in 2:16:53. Tenth place for Futura Robinsonpetshop Team with which competed Nicolas and Thomas Bormolini (Ita, athletes from Livigno), Sergio Holliday (Ita), Simone Bosin (Ita), Marco Crestani (Ita), Eugeniy Dementiev (Rus), Loris Frasnelli (Eng), Richard Mich (Ita), Valentina Shevchenko (Ukr) which finished in 2:24:03.
The full results at this link: http://lasgambeda.r.mikatiming.de/2015/
Tomorrow starts the 26th edition of La Sgambeda Classic which takes place on a 6 km ring that has to be repeated for 4 laps. The race is thus of 24 km race, instead the traditional 35 km. Separated start for the categories Elite Women, Elite Men and Amateurs starting from 9.45. Around 900 cross country skiers are going to be at the start line including the Olympic champion in Turin in 2006, Giorgio Di Centa, and the twins Thomas and Nicolas Bormolini from Livigno. The appointment is at 9.45 with the start of the Elite Women category to be followed by the Men Elite at 10.15 and the Amateur at 11.30. The awards ceremony will take place at 13:30 at Plaza Placheda.
The cross-country ring is 6 km long and is available free of charge.