Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria enters the Ski Classics circuit for the eighth time. The Pro Team is now back to its roots with athletes from Austria and Germany.
In a press release, Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria informed that the Pro Team would return to its base and go to Ski Classics Season XIV with a mix of Austrian and German athletes.
The Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria has achieved Pro Team status for the eighth time in a row. After a difficult Ski Classics Season XII, the goals of the renowned Austrian ski marathon team are high this year. Since its foundation in 2015, the team has achieved more than 100 overall podiums at World-, Euro- and Austrialoppet races, but the Austrians have so far been denied a breakthrough on the Ski Classics Pro Tour.
According to Pro Team Director Peter Kiene, Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria is back to its roots:
“Back to the roots is the motto of the coming winter. Only athletes from Austria and Germany can be found in the Pro Tour squad this year. After the Endless Local Nordic team’s dissolution, successful German long-distance cross-country skiers Josua Strübel, Christian Winker, and Florian Göbel will start in the Ski-Willy Marathon team colors. In addition, the former DSV junior team athlete Jakob Milz, who won the Ski Classics Challengers event Ganghoferlauf last winter, and 19-year-old Lou Huth from Oberstdorf strengthen the Austrian team not only in the most popular cross-country races in the Alps but also in selected Ski Classics races.”
Pro Team Director Peter Kiene is proud to present such a high-quality team:
“The team’s current strength enables us to actively compare with the top athletes in the Pro Tour in both the men’s and women’s races. With the right tactics, we should be able to present our athletes in the top field, at least in the sprint and climb classifications. The current training scope is in terms of quality and quantity at the level of Scandinavian athletes. Josua and Christian have already shown that they are ready for the top 30 rankings, and Florian is the first contender for the veteran jersey after Aukland and Rezac. Furthermore, our young athletes Lou, Jakob, and the Austrian rising star Anna Schmidhofer from Eastern Tyrol will fight for the future podiums in the youth ranking.”
“The Austrian veteran Mike Kirchler and young skier Lorenz Gruber from Grossarl complete the Ski Classics squad. A starting place is reserved for a third lady, and the team management is happy to accept applications from German-speaking countries at any time. In addition to the Pro Tour athletes, the Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria also has a strong 20-person cross-country ski team competing in all Skimarathon races in the Alps,” concludes Peter Kiene.
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