The last weekend of the World Cup started with the victory of Emanuele Becchis in the sprint free on Friday 8th September. Athletes competed in the elimination sprint in the heart of Trento along a 165 meters long track between Corso 3 Novembre and Via Santa Croce. Becchis, born in 1993 and current FIS Roller Skiing World Champion of the specialty, won over Alessio Berlanda, the athlete from Trentino, in the final for the first and second place.
An excellent result for the 38 years old aged champion, who did an amazing job in the semifinal, beating the Norwegian Jostein Olafsen, who got the best time in the qualifications and gained the third place of the podium.
While in the senior ladies category, the World Cup leader Alena Prochazkova won for a few cm over the Italian Gaia Vuerich from Predazzo, with the twins Lisa and Anna Bolzan in third and fourth position. The junior race was a big success for the Italian athlete Alba Mortagna, who won a head-to-head challenge with the Norwegian Julie Henriette Arnesen, while the final for the third and fourth positions was won by the Swedish Hanna Abrahamsson, followed by Chiara Becchis.
In the junior men category, gold medal went to the Latvian Raimo Vigants, silver and bronze for the Italian Francesco Becchis and Mattina Armellini. T
Altimiras, the champion of Monte Bondone
On the 9th September Monte Bondone hosted an uphill race in classic technique, the second race of this Rollerski World Cup organized by the Asd Charly Gaul Internazionale and Apt Trento, Monte Bondone, Valle dei Laghi.
Andorran champion Irineu Esteve Altimiras powered for a big success as he beat the big favorite Paul Constantin Pepene from Romania. In the senior ladies race, victory went to the Swedish Helene Soederlund and Sara Olsson, first and second respectively. For the junior category Italy ruled the scene with two podiums: in the male race Luca Curti preceded the World Cup leader Francesco Becchis, while in the female category the favorite Chiara Becchis gained the gold medal followed by Laura Colombo.
In the 8,5 km long race in classic technique, Esteve Altimiras registrered clocked the time of 33’04”, only 5 seconds ahead of Paul Constantin Pepene. In third place was Robin Norum (SWE) with 1’18” followed by Patrica Hogiu (ROU), Matteo Tanel (ITA), Sergio Bonaldi (ITA) and Alberto Dalla Via (ITA),
In the 4,7 km ladies race Sweden went 1 and 2. Helene Soederlung won 1st place with 21’51” and 2nd for Sandra Olsson wirh 45 seconds margin. Russia's Svetlana Hvostunkova took 3rd place with 49”8 gap.
In the junior male category (4,7 km) Luca Curti from Italy won with an excellent time of 19’05”, followed by Francesco Becchis (ITA) and Gabriel Strid (SWE). In the female junior race another big success for Italy with Chiara Becchis with the time of 22’57”, followed by Laura Colombo. Third position for Hanna Abrahamsson (SWE).
Pepene and Soederlund ruled the pursuit free
On Sunday 10th September the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2017 was concluded at new circuit of Aldeno. The last race of the World Cup season was 19 km pursuit free for the men and 13 km pursuit free for the ladies. Men's winner of the day was Romanian Paul Constantin Pepene followed by the Andorran athlete Irineu Esteve Altimiras in the senior male race, while for senior female gold medal for the Swedish Helene Soederlung over the Russian Svetlana Hvostunkova.
Finally, in the junior category double victory for Sweden with Gabriel Strid in first position and Hanna Abrahamsson in second place.
Crystal globes for Norum and Prochazkova
The crystal globe was won by Sweden's Robin Norum and Slovakia's Alena Prochazkova. Italian siblings Francesco and Chiara Becchis won the globes in the junior category