Skimo World Cup 2017 starts at FontBlanca (Andorra) with Kilian Jornet and Laetitia Roux as defending champions

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The Skimo World Cup 2017 is set to start this weekend at Fontblanca, Andorra with Killian Jornet and Laetitia Roux as defending champions from 2016.T his competition will be held at Vallnord’s ski station facilities, also as the second event for the XV Andorra Cup of the specialty.

The 2017 calendarar for the Skimo World Cup will then move on to the next races as planned below, plus also taking into account the team races grouped under the “Grand Course” series, ranging from the Pierra Menta to Altitoy and more. Let us go in detail now into program and favorites for the upcoming FontBlanca at Andorra.

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SKIMO WORLD CUP FONTBLANC ANDORRA 2017

PROGRAM AND FAVORITES.

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Progam: Yesterday afternoon the registrarion was closed. Now pre-competition activity will focus fans attention from Friday, which will be dedicated to normal events before any competition, such as the collection of numbers and others events that are less usual such as the 2016 World Cup’s awards ceremony (17.00).

Activity on the slopes will begin Saturday (Jan. 21st) from 9:30am at Vallnord-Arcalis, with the start of the individual races which will then be followed on Sunday (Jan. 22th) from 9.30am at Vallnord- Pal Arinsal with the dispute of Font Blanca 2017’s Vertical Race, whose finish line will be once more at the Bar Igloo.

Vertical Race Fontblanca: The finish line.

Vertical Race Fontblanca: The finish line.

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Thursday 19th
5pm to 7pm Welcome reception World Cup Teams CTEO

Friday 20th
1pm to 4pm Lunch Centre Congressos Ordino
5pm to 9pm Welcome reception for all racers CTEO
7.30pm Mulled wine, chocolate and cake plaça d’Ordino
6.00pm Opening Ceremony and Podium Owerall WC2016 Plaça d’Ordino
7pm Briefing Individual Race Centre de Congressos d’Ordino

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Saturday 21th: Individual Race – Arcalís
9.30am WC Start Senior M
10.00am WC Start Junior M
10.10am WC Start Senior W
10.20am WC Start Junior W
11.00am Andorra Cup Start all categories
1pm to 4pm Lunch Centre Congressos d’Ordino
7.30pm Mulled wine, chocolate and cake plaça d’Ordino
6.00pm WC and Andorra Cup Podiums Plaça d’Ordino
5pm to 9pm Welcome reception Vertical Racers CTEO
7pm Briefing Vertical Race Centre de Congressos d’Ordino

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Sunday 22th: Vertical Race – Arinsal
9.30am Andorra Cup Start all categories
10.30am WC and Open Start Junior W
10.45am WC Start Junior M
11.00am WC Start Senior W
11.15am WC Start Senior M
13.00pm WC and Andorra Cup Podiums Terrassa Arinsal
1pm to 4pm Lunch Centre Congressos Ordino

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Men´s favorites: The entry list is highlighted by the presence of the Senior Men’s podium in 2016, both in the individual and the Vertical races. Killian Jornet will be present on the andorran tracks, defending last year’s victories obtained ahead of Michele Boscacci (ITA) and Werner Marti (SUI) in the individual and Remi Bonnet (SUI) and Michele Boscacci (ITA) in the Vertical. All four competitors have confirmed their participation in the FB17 in addition to other renowned skiers like Marc Pinsach (ESP), William Bon Mardion (FRA) or Anton Palzer (GER).
The Andorran delegation is going to be led by the FAM team, Joan and David Albós, Xavier Areny and Jordi Solé who will all be on the starting line.

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Women: Among senior women, Laetitia Roux (FRA), world champion in 2016, will also be present and is expected to improve on the previous edition of the FB where she was not at the expected level because she was still recovering from injury. In addition, last year winners of the respective specialties, Emelie Forsberg (SWE) in the individual race and Laura Orgué (ESP) in the Vertical race, will fight to retain their titles in front of the aforementioned Roux and competitors from the likes of Claudia Galicia (ESP) or Jennifer Fiechtter (FRA). In this category, Sofia Dusautoir and Maria Fargues will be the local competitors at FB17.

In total, there will be 255 registered athletes for the highest level skimo event that takes place in Andorra. Undoubtedly the Andorra Cup has the largest enrollment with well-known participants from other sports specialties such as the MotoGP rider, Aleix Espargaró.

 

It is noteworthy that, right now, the conditions of the venues are exceptional for both participants and fans who would like to follow live the fight between the best skimo specialists in the world, as shown below in the image summary for the season.

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Info by Mayayo Oxígeno for Trailrunningspain

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