By Teemu Virtanen
In our pro team spring updates, we bring you some short news from Team XPND from Norway, E-Liberty Team in France and two teams from Germany; XC-Ski.de A/N Skimarathon Team and Team Forever Nordic.
But first, let's get started with some really good news; the new race in the Visma Ski Classics pro tour La Venosta in Italy on December 14, 2019, opens its 30 km public race registration today. So, hurry up as only 500 skiers are allowed to enter the race and it fills up quickly - you can sign in at www.lavenosta.com.
Then to the matter at hand. Team XPND is happy to announce that their title sponsor continues their fruitful cooperation and the pro team is eagerly waiting for the special Season X. The team’s director Kristoffer Nielsen is currently working on the final line-up and he promises to announce it within a couple of weeks. His pro team will actively race in some running events and the Guide World Tour, the roller-ski race series.
E-Liberty Ski Team’s captain Alban Gobert says that their future is still uncertain, but he is doing his best to get sponsors and money to run the operations. Hence, he is not able to say who is going to be in the team next year. The team also lost one of its key players Damien Tarantola who decided to retire after this season.
XC-Ski.de A/N Skimarathon Team will have its first training camp at the end of this month, and they will be training together with some amateur skiers while at the camp. They will make their roster and plans public very soon.
Last year’s pro team director of the year Sven Münch from Team Forever Nordic wants to aim higher than their current 18th place in the pro team competition. He would love to see a German race in the pro tour, but he is happy to announce that his young athletes are very motivated as they are heading to their first training camp in Ruhpolding as we speak.
Sven is actively pursuing partners and potential big name sponsors, and he promises to tell us more about that and his team’s future plans very soon. Nevertheless, he says that there will be some nice surprises waiting in the wings, and we are certainly looking forward to learning more about the things that Sven is bringing to the table, not just for his team but for the sport in general.