Monday, Jan 24, 2022 Today's Paper
SC Ranking
1 Lina Korsgren 25,118,872
2 Tord Asle Gjerd... 24,675,579
3 Emil Persson 24,469,370
4 Oskar Kardin 24,373,012
5 Morten Eide Ped... 23,771,875
6 Ida Dahl 23,747,879
7 Stian Hoelgaard 23,714,883
8 Andreas Nygaard 23,709,226
9 Emilie Fleten 23,467,113
10 Max Novak 23,374,420
11 Johannes Eklöf 22,939,678
12 Vetle Thyli 22,886,431
13 Britta Johansso... 22,846,245
14 Marcus Johansso... 22,677,405
15 Maxim Vylegzani... 22,625,741
16 Øyvind Moen Fje... 22,009,318
17 Magnus Vesterhe... 21,805,599
18 Anders Aukland 21,791,426
19 Joar Thele 21,713,557
20 Simen Engebrets... 21,680,856
21 Petter Eliassen 21,256,121
22 Torleif Syrstad 21,241,438
23 Runar Skaug Mat... 21,164,846
24 Klas Nilsson 20,808,687
25 Andreas Holmber... 20,605,358
26 Ari Luusua 20,550,522
27 Kateřina Smutná... 20,478,531
28 Jiří Pliska 20,351,050
29 Stanislav Řezáč... 20,342,373
30 Herman Paus 20,232,415
31 Alexis Jeannero... 20,198,027
32 Nils Persson 19,545,028
33 Bastien Poirrie... 19,442,217
34 Sofie Elebro 19,432,924
35 Ermil Vokuev 19,135,109
36 Jan Šrail 18,537,799
37 Aleksandr Grebe... 18,380,046
38 Roxane Lacroix 18,362,770
39 Viktor Mäenpää... 18,344,828
40 Petter Soleng S... 18,344,067
41 Gabriel Höjlind... 17,924,151
42 Olga Tsareva 17,868,935
43 Isac Holmström 17,641,152
44 Arnaud Du Pasqu... 17,564,646
45 Thomas Ødegaard... 17,527,506
46 Théo Deswazière... 17,414,437
47 Fabián Štoček... 17,284,837
48 Alexey Shemiaki... 17,210,922
49 Laila Kveli 17,140,289
50 Stian Berg 17,088,414
Events & Results
Event Country Date
Mobile icon Mobile icon

Half of the Russian Olympic Team to Race Visma Ski Classics

The Russian Olympic Team athletes and several national team racers are using Visma Ski Classics events as a part of their peaking plan for the Olympics in Beijing.


Beijing-bound Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) at the Pustertal Ski Marathon on January 8, 2022.

The surge in Covid infections has driven many national teams to training camps in desolate locations and inter-squad time trials to prepare for the Olympics in Beijing next month. But the Russian Olympic team considers real competition a crucial part of their peaking plan. Enter: Visma Ski Classics.  

With all of the scheduled World Cup events in January cancelled due to a surge in Covid infections in Europe, the Russian Olympic team head coach Markus Kramer was forced to look for replacement competitions for his athletes. 

“It’s not ideal for the skiers to go a full month without racing prior to the Olympics. And for some, including Sergey Ustiugov who didn’t race Tour de Ski, it is particularly important to get some real racing experience now,” Kramer says to 

The upcoming Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour event, La Venosta Time Trial, is a 10-kilometer individual start classic race on a steep to rolling terrain, and as made for the Russian national team’s peaking plan for the Olympics. 

“Of course, a Ski Classics event isn’t 100 percent transferable to World Cup racing, as most of the Ski Classics events are double-poling. But the level of competition at the Ski Classics is incredibly good. Many of the Ski Classics pro team racers are World Cup-level skiers, and many have also raced on the World Cup, Kramer points out. 

Last weekend, Sergey Ustiugov, also a part of the 2022 Russian Olympic team, raced both the Visma Ski Classics events in the Dolomites. On Saturday, he won the 30-kilometer skate edition of the Pustertaler Ski Marathon. On Sunday, Ustiugov won the 42-kilometer skate version of the Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge. 

However, to enter the Visma Ski Classics events in the Pro Tour, athletes must be racing for a registered Pro Tour team. Kramer’s biggest headache has been to identify and contact Pro Tour teams with room for his athletes, as each Pro Team can have a maximum of 10 athletes. 

But after decades in the sport and a huge network, things are falling into place for the crafty, seasoned coach. 

These Russians are formally entered for the Visma Ski Classics La Venosta Time Trial 
Sergey Ustiugov – Team Futura Alta Quota Trentino
Sergey Ardashev – Team Robinson Trentino
Evegeniy Belov – Team Næringsbanken
Tatiana Sorina – Team Futura Alta Quota Trentino 
Anastasia Rygalina – Russian Winter Team

Kramer is still working on finding teams for Yulia Stupak, Khristina Matsokina and Artem Maltsev, all headed to the Olympics in Beijing in February. 

Additionally, Kramer is also coaching two of Italy’s Beijing-bound athletes, Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani, who also hopes to race La Venosta Time Trial on Saturday. 

Most read
Become a member now