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Trondheim back in the Cross-Country World Cup

Fri, Mar  6, 2009 - By FIS

For the first time since February 2004 the Cross-Country World Cup is making a stopover in Trondheim (NOR) from 12th to 14th March. Due to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo and the related reconstruction of the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium, the Norwegian Ski Federation applied last spring to hold the traditional March Cross-Country events in Trondheim.

Trondheim hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1997 and is located in the middle of Norway in the province Sør-Trøndelag. It is the third biggest city of Norway after Oslo and Bergen.

On 12th March, a classical sprint is on the schedule in the Granåsen ski stadium where the athletes will fight for the victory on challenging 1,4km (ladies) and 1,6 km (men) courses. On Saturday, 14th March, the traditional 30km and 50km mass start races in the classical style will take place.

For the first time in Cross-Country history, intermediate sprint points will be distributed during a long distance competition, where the top three racers crossing these points will be awarded World Cup points (15 -10 -5 points). The ladies will have 3 times the chance to win World Cup points at intermediate sprints during the race while for the men it will be 5 times. At the end of the race, the winners will be awarded the normal 100 World Cup points. It will surely become an interesting fight for the World Cup points in which also team tactics can help to be successful.

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Starting times:

Thursday, 12th March
Sprint C ladies/men Qualification 14.00h*
Sprint C ladies/men Finals 15.45h*

Saturday, 14th March
30 km Mass start C ladies 10.30h*
50 km Mass start C men 12.30h*
*local time