The dry-land training and Roller Skiing season started in earnest already in May despite the relatively late arrival of summer in most of the Northern hemisphere. While some national races already took place, the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2009 kicked off from 3rd to 5th July in Oroslavje (CRO), host of the 2007 FIS Roller Skiing World Championships. Three competitions are on schedule in Croatia with a prologue, a pursuit and a sprint.
In total, this year’s FIS Roller Skiing World Cup will consist offour World Cup weekends in four different countries and additionally the 2009 World Championships in the region of Piglio (ITA) at the beginning of September. After the season start in Croatia, the tour will continue in Markkleeberg (GER) with a sprint, a prologue and a pursuit competition on 17th-19th July. During the second competition period in August, races in Aure and Kristiansund (NOR) are on the schedule before the World Championships will take place from 8th-12th September. The World Cup season will conclude in Naousa and Thessaloniki in Greece. Please click here to see the detailed calendar.
The defending overall World Cup winners are Italians Emanuele Sbabo and Mateja Bogatec. Their toughest challengers in this year’s World Cup will likely come from Russia and from among their own teammates.