The Marcialonga is ready to start next Sunday, 30th of January. Everything is going on as planned and the most famous cross country marathon in Italy, and one of the best-loved in the World, offers again the traditional show of the challenge between Scandinavia and the other Countries of the World, Italy included of course. The conditions of the snow are perfect, and for the 4200 skiers it will be a new fantastic adventure along the 70 kilometres from Moena to Cavalese in classic style.
Anders Aukland of Norway won last years race after an incredible exhibition of power-double poling up the long steep hill toward the finish. His brother Jorgen is hoping to win this year.
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Jorgen Aukland was third last year and won the year before. He wants the top spot on the podium back and his recent training is aimed to get a peak on Sunday.
– I have had some good double pole sessions lately and am feeling good, says Jorgen Aukland.
He is however struggling a little bit with a sore throat, but believes that the problem disappears in a few days. Jorgen was sixth in the last FIS marathon cup race in the Czech Republic a few weeks ago.
– I was not too happy with that, but I hope that this weekend will be more successful.
The Aukland brothers are known for their double pole strength, and Jorgen will again most likely have the difficult decision whether to re-wax/add more wax or double pole up the last very long uphill toward the finish.
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A lot depends upon the weather and the conditions, says Jorgen, but is not hiding the fact that he has been successful double poling up the last hill in the past will weigh in favor of double poling also this year.
Anders Aukland is not racing this year year’s race. He is racing the Norwegian Nationals.
More than 4000 racers are entered for this year’s race including several hundred Norwegians.