FIS Rollerski
World Cup - Finale
14th-15th September 2019

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SKIROLL SPECTACULAR IN VAL DI FIEMME

TANEL, MORTAGNA SOEMSKAR AND EKBERK

News data:14.09.2019

Second to last stage of the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup, 10 and 15 km FT mass start
Tanel wins ahead of Anisimov. Good performance by Becchis (3rd)
Junior: victory for Alba Mortagna, but her sister Laura (4th) is still leading the Cup standings
Soemskar and Ekberg, Sweden triumphs in the ladies senior and men junior
 
Today Val di Fiemme hosted the second to last stage of the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup with the 10/15 km FT mass start in Ziano di Fiemme. It was a sunny day and Italy got many important results.
Matteo Tanel was able to win thanks to an impressive strategy, now he's leading the overall standings. Another Italian athlete, Alba Mortagna triumphed in the junior ladies race, while her sister Laura finished fourth, but she's nevertheless leading the world cup standings.
In the men junior race, the Scandinavians arrived on the podium. The Swedes Ekberg and Gisselman arrived ahead of the Norwegian Korsaeth. Sweden won also the ladies senior race with Linn Soemskar who began to close the gap in the cup standings (the Slovakian Prochazkova is still leading).
So another beautiful day of "Nordic" sport in Val di Fiemme that hosts the last stages of the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup together with the "Mini Tour Roller Ski Trentino", the circuit that assigns double points for the Cup.
It was definitely a race to be remembered, because the mass start in free technique – 15 km for men senior, 10 km for juniors and ladies senior – has been very spectacular and tactical. Before today, there were two Italian leaders, with Laura Mortagna and Matteo Tanel at the top and they had to defend themselves from the attacks of the opponents.
First the ladies’ junior race. Laura Mortagna had the red leader bib, but the Norwegian Arnesen was leading in the first lap with Alba Mortagna just behind. Elisa Sordello was also behind to "protect" Laura Mortagna. Then, in the final part of the race, a stellar sprint of Alba Mortagna gave her the victory ahead of the German Merle Richter, thus achieving her first victory of the season.
The men junior race started with the Swede Ekberg in "pole", but already after half of the first lap (out of 4 laps in program) the Latvian Bisenieks was ahead to give the pace, with Gartner and Gatti just behind. After a study phase, in the final round the Swede Ekberg took the lead with the Norwegian Korsaeth behind him, but the final still gave suspense, with the two Swedes Ekberg and Gisselman very close; the victory went to Ekberg, while Korsaeth finished third.
The ladies’ senior race announced the Slovakian Prochazkova as Cup leader, but after the first turn the two Swedes Olsson and Soemskar were able to take the lead, and the Slovakian had to defend herself also from the attack of the Russian Nikolaeva. Italy’s hopes were placed in the twins from Bolzano, unfortunately on a bad day, and in the end the victory went to Soemskar who finished just 1/10 ahead of Prochazkova, thus closing the gap in the World Cup standings. Nikolaeva finished third and Lisa Bolzan 7th.
Of course, the most awaited race was the men senior. In the front row there was Matteo Tanel, 23 points ahead of Andresen and Gustafsson in the Cup standings. And it was the Norwegian who took the lead after the first turn, with Tanel ‘caged’ by Gustafsson and the Russians. For a few laps Galassi was leading, with Tanel wisely just behind him controlling the situation. Emanuele Becchis was also in the leading group; Becchis was visibly hindered by the Ukrainian Ruslan Perekhoda who forced him to climb even on the sidewalk. Matteo Tanel won today’s race and thanks to this victory he’s now leading in the Cup standings with 39 points over Andresen, now only sixth. The Russian Anisimov finished second while Emanuele Becchis came third. Tomorrow the final of the World Cup and of the "Mini Tour", always in Val di Fiemme, with Tanel and Laura Mortagna well determined to take home the crystal globe, a nice gift for the trainer Michel Rainer who today celebrated his birthday with two splendid victories.
Alpe del Cermis will once again determine the results of a great event.
 
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15 km Mass Start Men
1 TANEL Matteo ITA 23:45.1; 2 ANISIMOV Ivan RUS 23:48.4; 3 BECCHIS Emanuele ITA 23:48.9; 4 PEREKHODA Ruslan UKR 23:49.8; 5 GIARDINA Jacopo ITA 23:50.1
10 km Mass Start Ladies
1 SOEMSKAR Linn SWE 17:39.7; 2 PROCHAZKOVA Alena SVK 17:39.8; 3 NIKOLAEVA Svetlana RUS 17:40.1; 4 KAMINSKA Valentyna UKR 17:43.9; 5 OLSSON Moa SWE 17:46.9
10 km Mass Start Junior Men
1 EKBERG Johan SWE 16:27.2; 2 GISSELMAN Truls SWE 16:27.4; 3 KORSAETH Amund NOR 16:29.1; 4 GATTI Gianmarco ITA 16:34.5; 5 GARTNER Andrea ITA 16:35.1
10 km Mass Start Junior Ladies
1 MORTAGNA Alba ITA 19:16.9; 2 RICHTER Merle GER 19:17.0; 3 BOLSHAKOVA Polina RUS 19:17.8; 4 MORTAGNA Laura ITA 19:19.9; 5 ARNESEN Julie Henriette NOR 19:26.3
 
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