FIS Cross-country World Cup Odds Men
The 2016/17 FIS Cross-Country World Cup is a multi-race tournament over the season for cross-country skiers. The World Cup is played during 118 days and includes 35 races that is agglomerating the weekends of winter sports fans, as only 2 weeks till 19th March have no scheduled race.
Traditionally, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup season will get underway in Ruka, Finland from 26th – 27th November 2016 and will get its end with the World Cup Final in Rusia with the last race being scheduled on 19th March. This year’s season is divided into 3 periods. The first period will last from 26th November till 18th December and includes the Norwegian 3-Days Tour from Lillehammer (02.12-04.12). The Period II starts on 31st December with the Tour of Ski, which will finish on 8th January and will be lasting till 5th February. Period III is between 18th February- 5th March. Finally, the Period IV starts on 8th March in Drammen, Norway and will finish with the last event of the year, the World Cup Final which takes place in Tuymen. As of the end of August 2015, the only unknown place where a race will take place is the Swedish one(21st-22nd January), a race of which location is yet to be revealed.
The main favorite for the overall win is Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby. The Norwegian 31 years-old dominated last year, getting the overall win with more than 1000 points away from the 2nd place. He won 12 races last year, and was the overall winner of the 2015 Nordic Opening, 2016 Tour de Ski and 2016 Ski Tour Canada. More than that, Sundby has been the yellow Jersey since the 2nd race of the season, the 10 km F held in Ruka, Finland on 28th November 2015.
Petter Northug, the runner-up last season, will be also an skier to spend an eye on. He won only a race last year, the Sprint C held in Drammen, Norway but showed consistency presences in top 10 and, together with 7 races finished in top 3, he ranked 2nd overall, with only 18 more points than the 3rd place which was taken by another Norwegian who is looking promissing for the 2016-17 season. Finn Hågen Krogh, because it’s about him, is definitely a contender for the podium this season. The 26 years-old who managed to win a race in Italy last year is expected to make the step to the elite of this sport, as he has touched the perfect age for making good performance in this winter sport.
Sergey Ustiugov, another young man who had amazing performance last season may be the darkhorse of the 36th season of FIS Cross-Country World Cup. The Russian 24 years-old will be taking the start of his 4th season of his carrer and so far the thing are looking promising
Another contenders for the first place in the rankings are Maurice Manificat, an olympic bronze medalist en-titre, Niklas Dyrhaug, an gold medalist in the world championships of 2015, the Canadian Alex Harvey or Dario Cologna.
Who wins FIS Cross-country World Cup 2016/2017 for men?