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Final two stages abandoned - Cologna leaves Tour de Ski prematurely - Sport

Final two stages abandoned – Cologna leaves Tour de Ski prematurely – Sport

  • Dario Colonna will not be running in the last two races of the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme.
  • Bündner’s best rating on this year’s tour was 15th place for skiing over 15km in Oberstdorf.
  • For the 35-year-old Cologne, it was her last ski ride. He will step down at the end of the season.

“The biggest target for me this season is still the Beijing Winter Olympics. A severe dry cough increased again this year during the Tour, which hampered good regeneration. Plus, in terms of performance, a few are still missing at the moment. Dario Colonna said of his decision, “I think I can fill that gap better with early renewal and the incorporation of targeted training compared to the other two strong Tour de Ski competitions.”

SRF cross-country expert Adriano Iseppi understands the four-round winner’s withdrawal: “Maybe it was the right decision.” Iseppi is not confident that Cologna will give up the race he would have liked to fight: “If he wants to achieve the goal he set in the form of a medal, he still has to take a giant step.”

Only two races to go before the Olympics

It is still not clear when Cologne will again intervene in the events of the World Cup. Before the Olympics (4-20 February), the guest team will appear in Les Rousses, France (January 14-16) and Blanica in Slovenia (January 22-23). The 35-year-old’s return will likely depend on how quickly he recovers from the rigors of the tour.

Iseppi also has the opportunity to travel to Beijing without any other World Cup appearance. Races are the best training courses, but thanks to a wealth of experience Cologna can also come up with a different plan.