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France Dominates Dolomitenlauf, FIS Worldloppet Cup Opener

22.01.2017, Loipe Obertilliach, AUT, 43. Dolomitenlauf, Freestyle, im Bild Gruppenbild // during the 43rd Dolomitenlauf Freestyle race at Obertilliach, Austria on 2017/01/22, EXPA Pictures © 2017 PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Michael Gruber

Men’s and women’s top six at the 43rd Dolomitenlauf on Jan. 22 in Obertilliach, Austria. (Photo: EXPA/ Michael Gruber)

The 43rd Dolomitenlauf opened the FIS Worldloppet Cup season last weekend in Obertilliach, Austria. This was originally scheduled to be the second stage of the International Ski Federation (FIS) marathon circuit, however the first stage at La Foulée Blanche in France was canceled earlier this month. Conditions were reported as ideal with sunshine.

Ivan Perrillat Boiteux of France racing to the win in front of Switzerland's Candide Pralong at the 43rd Dolomitenlauf 42 k skate race on Jan. 22 in Obertilliach, Austria. (Photo: EXPA/ Michael Gruber)

Ivan Perrillat Boiteux of France racing to the win in front of Switzerland’s Candide Pralong at the 43rd Dolomitenlauf 42 k skate race on Jan. 22 in Obertilliach, Austria. (Photo: EXPA/ Michael Gruber)

On the men’s side, eight out of the top 10 places all went to French skiers, with the top 10 consisting of four teams and the 10th place finisher just 30 seconds behind the winner.  Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux of the Haute-Savoie Nordic Team took the overall win in 1:39:02.8, outlasting Candide Pralong (Team GEL Interim Rossignol) by 2.2 seconds.  Perillat-Boiteux’s teammate, Loïc Guigonnet finished third (+9.9), before first-time FIS Marathon Cup competitor Kari Varis of Finland (+11.2).

“Our team is very strong this season and I am happy to have this team,” Perrillat-Boiteux said, according to a FIS Worldloppet Cup press release. “I also love the competition with the Rossignol team. Of course, I am happy about my victory today and about wearing the red bib now, but this was only the first race of a long and hard season.”

On the women’s side, it was another dominant performance from last season’s overall winner Aurélie Dabudyk, of France and the Haute-Savoie Nordic Team, who won the race in 1:49:57.4 by 53.5 seconds over runner-up Rahel Imoberdorf of Switzerland. Seraina Boner (GEL Interim Rossignol) rounded out the podium in third, 1 minute and 51.4 seconds out of first. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia made her comeback debut after having a baby and finished fourth (+5:06.3).

I am very happy today. It was just a perfect race for me,” Dabudyk said. “The conditions were great and also my shape. At the beginning of the final lap I attacked Rahel for the first time but it didn`t work out, so I tried it again and again and finally I got away from her.”

The FIS Marathon Cup/Wordloppet series continues Jan. 29 with the Marcialonga in Trentino in Italy.

Results: Men | Women

— Ian Tovell

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