By Teemu Virtanen
The 51st edition of Engadin Skimarathon in Switzerland, the first skating race in Visma Ski Classics and one of the biggest ski events in the world, takes place this Sunday. The 42 km race from Maloja, 1,820 m a.s.l., to S-chanf, 1,670 m a.s.l., has one of the most beautiful ski courses on earth passing many famous locations such as St. Moritz and Pontresina, both familiar places for Visma Ski Classics fans.
In addition to Visma Ski Classics pro teams and their athletes, many interesting World Cup skiers, who raced at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, are going to participate in this crown jewel of Central-European ski events.
Super-star Dario Cologna is excited about racing on his hometurf, and he will face a tough fight from French skiers Jules Lapierre, Jean Marc Gaillard, Robin Duvillard and Renaud Jay. Petter Northug from Norway has also registered for the race. Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team Ragde Eiendom, Chris Andre Jespersen, Team Koteng, and Petter Eliassen, Team BN Bank, are among the greatest favorites of our pro skiers in the race.
In the women’s competition, Anouk Faivre-Picon from France and Swiss National Team skiers Nathalie von Siebenthal and Nadine Fähndrich will go neck and neck against our pro skiers Britta Johansson Norgren, Astrid Øyre Slind, Katerina Smutná, Lina Korsgren and Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes.
On Sunday March 10, Engadin Skimarathon starts at 8:15 am CET with the elite women followed by the elite men at 8:30 am CET. Follow the action and our pre-articles on our social media sites.