SKIMO WORLD CUP 2018 ISMF CHINA: Nicolò Canclini and Laetitia Roux win the Sprint Race in Wanlong (China)
The Skimo World Cup by ISMF just kicked off at China this weekend: Nicolò Canclini and Laetitia Roux won the Sprint Race today, while Anton Palzer and Axelle Mollaret won the vertical race on Friday. After the Chinese experience the white circus will come back to Europe for the January races in Switzerland as second stage in the five race series that will deliver the vertical, individual and sprint titles.
SKIMO WORLD CUP KICKOFF AT CHINA: INDIVIDUAL RACE REPORT.
Just as it happened yesterday, today has also been an extremely cold morning in Wanlong (China), where the wind blew violently and accompanied the Sprint Race of the ISMF World Cup. The extremely cold temperatures putted on a strain the 60 skiers (40 men / 20 women) competing today. After qualifications, even with some delays, quarter, semi and finals started.
China: mission accomplished, according to ISMF. Or not… Much as it happened last year with Turkey, this season took off in Asia again, whereas for the first time in history the skimo world circus landed at the Wanlong Ski Area, which is candidate to host the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Dspite the logical controversy following this choice, the ISMF insists that in this first skimo WC stage with vertical and sprint races participated representatives coming from 13 different nations. Among them the cream of the crop of the athletes, which organizaers claim have drawn local media attention and aroused enthusiasm among young people. The jury is still out, however, on wether this money driven global push will serve its argued purpose of helping the sport go global or not.
As for the Sprint race today, despite the cold weather, the race got immediately to the heart, thanks to the leading skiers of the circuit performing at the top of thir game. The Chinese track, drawn by the ISMF referees, provided a 80 metres of positive difference in level for men and 67 metres for women. It might seem little, but certainly not if faced at maximum high speed. In fact, the main feature of the Sprint race is this: the variety. In the first part athletes take on a launch stage, followed by an inversion tracks and foot path. In the last stage of the sprint race, athletes remove their skis and rush to the finish line crossing a bumped piste.
The Italian Nicolò Canclini, at his first WC as a senior, stands out among men. He overtakes the Spanish opponent Oriol Cardona Coll and the Swiss Iwan Arnold. At the finish line there were also Thomas Cortey, Michele Boscacci and Joris Perillat Pessey.
The French Laetitia Roux hasn’t disappointed the expectations, she remains the skimo undisputed queen. She overtakes all the opponents in the final. Claudia Galicia, Marianne Fatton, Adele Milloz, Marta Garcia Farres e Lena Bonnel. The podium is rounded out by the Spanish Claudia Galicia, who reaches the 2nd position and the Swiss Marianne Fatton at the 3rd one.
SPRINT RACE RESULTS SKIMO WORLD CUP ISMF CHINA.
Sprint race podiums:
- Senior Men: 1. Nicolò Canclini; 2. Oriol Cardona; 3. Iwan Arnold
- Senior Women: 1. Laetitia Roux; 2. Claudia Galicia; 3. Marianne Fatton
ISMF SKIMO WORLD CUP CALENDAR 2017-2018
After this pintoresque first stage in Asia, the 2017/2018 Skimo World Cup continues back to its heartland in Europe, after the festive period, with the second stage scheduled for January 20th and the 21st in Villars (Switzerland). Check out the full annual calendar below.
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