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Roman Furger snatches victory from Dario Cologna. Nadja Kälin outshines female competition.

S-chanf, 13 March 2022. Roman Furger from Central Switzerland takes his fourth win at the Engadin Skimarathon. Swiss superstar Dario Cologna finished in second place at his last international race, Tom Mancini from France in third place. Nadja Kälin delivered an outstanding performance. The St. Moritz-born athlete won ahead of Céline Chopard and Enora Latuillière, both from France. It was an exciting race in perfect weather, though without the anticipated record times.

It was Dario Cologna's last international race as a professional athlete, driving up expectations ahead of the race: not just the public and the media had banked on his victory, he, too, made it clear from the start that whoever wanted to take the win had to go past him. The realisation came early on that Roman Furger would be one of his most serious contenders. «Roman never ceases to surprise, and when I noticed how energised he was in the Stazerwald, incessantly closing the gaps, I knew I had to watch out.»

The Stazerwald turned out to be decisive for the winner-to-be Roman Furger: «On this stretch, we were able to shake off the strong sprinters, which would make life a bit easier at the finish,» he told the media. And added, «It was a beautiful, fair and peaceful race.» He hadn't taken part in a race since the Olympic Games; what's more, a cold had thwarted his preparation for the ski marathon.

Tom Mancini's third place did not come as a surprise. Many had rated the Frenchman as a medal hopeful; he took an active role during the entire race, never sparing the effort to lead and managing to stay in the group at the front until the end. However, in the final spurt, it turned out to be Roman Furger who could summon up the extra energy, crossing the finishing line ahead of Dario Cologna and Tom Mancini. The history books will not record the new record times that had been anticipated; that would have required more help from the tailwinds, which turned out lighter than predicted.

A surprised winner in the women's race and an emotional Dario Cologna

The winner in the female category expressed surprise at the finishing line: «It was my first 42-kilometre-race ever,» said Nadja Kälin. Moreover, she had come down with Covid-19 following the Olympic Games and was forced to reduce her training intensity. «It was tough going both in the Stazerwald and in Bever, but I still succeeded in holding my position in the leading group throughout.» The young local athlete took the lead in the final spurt and finished first ahead of Céline Chopard and Enora Latuillière from France.

At the awards ceremony, race director Adriano Iseppi gave Dario Cologna a heartfelt farewell, expressing thanks to the athlete from Val Müstair in the name of all Swiss cross-country skiing enthusiasts: «Words fail me to describe your contribution to the sport of cross-country skiing in Switzerland.» Dario Cologna, overcome by the warm words of praise, had tears welling up in his eyes. He would not exclude taking part again in the Engadin Skimarathon in future years, but it would be amiss to hope for a fifth victory, he concluded at the end of the small ceremony in his honour. «The finishing stretch seems to be getting longer every year,» he finished with a grin.

Ideal conditions for the 52nd Engadin Skimarathon, with the sun appearing on the dot of the elite start and tracks in perfect conditions. «I am overjoyed about the outcome of the event,» expressed Menduri Kasper, the organiser's managing director. «The new starting format in waves worked very well and, as we had hoped, managed to ease up tensions in the field. Having participants start in smaller groups sees them in direct competition within groups of comparable strength, reducing the hustle and bustle among the racers. The changes to the route between Pontresina and Samedan proved to be a good choice too.»

52nd Engadin Skimarathon: Maloja – S-chanf, 42 km

Results Women's Race, Overall

1.    Kälin Nadja   St. Moritz GR   1:46.31,1
2.    Chopard Lallier Céline   France   +1,8
3.    Latuillière Enora   France    +4,0
4.    Brocard Elisa   France   +8,3
5.    Boner Seraina   Davos Platz GR   +1.50,7
6.    Meinen Susi   Boltigen BE   +2.23,3
7.    Øyre Slind Silje   Norge   +3.33,8
8.    Löschke Jessica   Deutschland   +3.52,0
9.    Feldman Katie   USA   +3.52,7
10.    Zampa Maria Adele   Carona TI   +4.33,6

Results Men's Race, Overall

1.    Furger Roman   Schattdorf UR   1:35.59,5
2.    Cologna Dario   Davos Dorf GR   +1,7
3.    Mancini Tom   Frane   +2,7
4.    Baumann Jonas   Davos Dorf GR   +4,0
5.    Gaillard Jean-Marc   France   +6,1
6.    Agnellet Gerard   France   +11,6
7.    Capelli Marino   Davos Platz GR   +18,4
8.    Räz Curdin   Sils/Segl Maria GR   +26,9
9.    Pfäffli Gian Flurin   Pontresina GR   +1.30,7
10.    Perruche Simon   France   +1.31,0

13. Engadin Halbmarathon: Maloja – Pontresina, 21 km

Results Women's Race, Overall

1.    Klimpel Janna   Deutschland   56.54,2
2.    Rüegg Celia   Hinwil ZH   +4.29,1
3.    Rey Sophie   Icogne VS   +5.29,8
4.    Strecker Teresa   Deutschland   +6.36,7
5.    Arquint Tania   Ardez GR   +8.20,4
6.    Barmettler Daniela   Luzern LU   +15.54,4
7.    Heggli Ruth   Root LU   +17.02,2
8.    Leonardi Nora   Zürich ZH   +17.56,6
9.    Schellenberg Simona   Pontresina GR   +17.58,2
10.    Zala Renata    Chur GR   +18.09,5

Results Men's Race, Overall

1.    Laurent Bastien   France   51.00,0
2.    Becker Manuel   Deutschland   +28,3
3.    Selter Benjamin   Deutschland   +1.21,7
4.    Krüger Reto   Maloja GR   +2.54,9
5.    Zisler Constantin   Illnau ZH   +6.03,4
6.    Vetsch Robin   Ebnat Kappel SG   +8.11,8
7.    Neumeier Frank   Deutschland   +9.50,6
8.    Fröhlich Mario   Chur GR   +10.06,2
9.    Fankhauser Nils   Finsterwald LU   +10.24,1
10.    Maes Gabriel   Vättis SG   +10.24,3

The Engadin Marathon Week 2023

22nd Engadin Women's Race: Samedan – S-chanf, 17 km; Sunday, 5 March 2023
37th Youth Sprint: Samedan; Wednesday, 8 March 2023
5th Engadin Night Race: Sils – Pontresina, 17km; Thursday, 9 March 2023
1st St. Moritz Super Sprint: St. Moritz Kurpark; Friday, 10 March 2023
53rd Engadin Skimarathon: Maloja – S-chanf, 43 km; Sunday, 12 March 2023
14th Engadin Half Marathon: Maloja – Pontresina, 21 km; Sunday, 12 March 2023

For further information, contact:

Engadin Skimarathon
Menduri Kasper / Aline Hautle

+41 81 851 60 60

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