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  • Difficult start to the season, but good morale for the bearer of the Centro Sportivo Esercito, due to a back strain that slowed down his preparation for the Ruka event. Next target Davos, in the canton of Graubünden.


    Ruka, Finland – Dec. 01st, 2019 • It was a difficult start to the season, the one of Francesco De Fabiani. Landed in Finland at the beginning of November, the skier from Gressoney had no problem in the preparation, which indeed showed an excellent shape.

    The three days of Ruka, the traditional opening of the World Cup, showed a discreet form but certainly limited by those 5 days of stop two weeks ago due to the back problem, now practically solved.

    Waiting for better days, Defast has to be content with applauding the various Klæbo, first in Sprint and Pursuit and Niskanen, first in the 15 km classic. But let's get to the results: in the opening sprint classic, De Fabiani finished 23rd after a good qualifying. In the 5 km skating he paid a drop in the second part and finished 30th, while in the free pursuit he struggled and finished 32nd, with the 43rd time of the day, without obviously ever entering the fight for the top positions.

    «It was a difficult start to the seasonFrancesco says – unfortunately I still don't have the form of the best days, but I think it's also normal after the problem that came at a crucial moment. If we analyze the Sprint, I consider myself satisfied because I passed the qualification without any problems and then maybe I could also pass the quarters, due to some small mistakes I made». On the distance classic De Fabiani is realistic: «In reality, I was hoping to enter the 15, instead I got far away from the top because after half the race I had empty legs and no energy». The last day certainly did not give positive answers: «Surely I could not hope to find the form in the Pursuit, it is obvious that the important thing for me was to close the three days above all in health, without back pain, which happened. The pain is still there but it has not absolutely limited me in the race».

    Weather from the point of view of the results the score is poor, the skier from Gressoney has instead an excellent morale: «I feel to say that on a physical level I am not bad at all, I expected not to be brilliant, so it was, also because the problem is that the legs are the one to be definitely tired today. The condition is growing and I believe that with two weeks of training I will be able to fill the gap and get back for the World Cup race in Davos, Switzerland, where last year I was seventh in the 15 Km skating».

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    Press Office of Francesco De Fabiani
    Written by Paolo Mei
    Translated by Nicolò Caneparo


          

        

    Francesco De Fabiani - Ruka - 2019/2020 • ©Modica/Nordic Focus

  • The skier of the Centro Sportivo Esercito Courmayeur flew to the North to better prepare for the imminent start of the season with very ambitious goals, despite a back strain.


    Rovaniemi, Finland – Nov. 21st, 2019 • He arrived in the North a few days ago and now Francesco De Fabiani will begin the new international adventure from Finland, as usual on the last weekend of November, with the race in Ruka.

    In the season 2019/2020, rich (maybe too much) of World Cup dates, even quite close to each other, DeFast planned, in agreement with the national team, the debut last weekend with an event in Rovaniemi, Finland, to prepare for the approach to the usual grand opening of the season.

    «I am ready to start the seasonDeFast says – and so far the preparation has gone really well till last week, among bicycle (not too much), walking on foot, roller ski sessions, roller ski races, skiing on the glacier, now it's time to transform these hours in speed. We have already carried out the actual loading period».

    Last weekend, two races were scheduled in Rovaniemi for Defast, but a back problem revolutionized the plans: «We worked on the push and last Thursday I stopped training for a back strain. In agreement with the national team we decided to rest for 5 days so as not to compromise the season».

    Saturday, November 23rd, a test is scheduled with the Russians in a 15 km C, again in Rovaniemi: «It is very important above all to have a positive feedback on my health – says De Fabianieven more than the result, since I was inactive for some days».

    The seasonal goal, in a year without World Championship and Olympics, is clear: «My target is the Top 5 of the World Cup ranking. I start trying to do well from the beginning, there will be 2 Tours, not only in Val di Fiemme, but also in Scandinavia and in these cases it’s important to complete them to get the points of the Cup».Speaking about the Tour de Ski, De Fabiani has also scheduled some training sessions to improve on stage of Cermis, his Achilles heel: «Back from Finland, in early December I planned to do some specific sessions on alpine ski slopes close to home, to get used to that gradient and to the effort which, as you know, is not congenial to me».

    The 50 km of Oslo remains among Francesco's dreams: «Oh yes, I have Oslo in my heart and even if it will come after a hard time, I would like to be a protagonist».

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    Press Office of Francesco De Fabiani
    Written by Paolo Mei
    Translated by Nicolò Caneparo


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