The mass-start classic races in Val di Fiemme see a lot of action every year as racers jockey for the bonus seconds that could advantage themselves and disadvantage their rivals in the last race of the Tour de Ski, the Final Climb. Remember how Lukas Bauer took over this stage a few years ago and established the gap he needed to outpace Northug on the Alpe Cemis? I do; it was one of the best races I've ever seen the Tour de Ski, on the World Cup, or in any endurance sport. My picks for tomorrow's races, which are run over 10k for women and 20k for me.
Yes, I'm a hopeless homer for North America.