Cross-country star Iivo Niskanen will not take part in the Finnish Cup competitions in Vantaa on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Niskanen, 28, confirmed the matter to IS on Friday.

In his announcement, the two-time Olympic winner cut off a sweet prediction that promises good for the Oberstdorf World Championships in February-March.

- I'm staying in Vuokatti.

Gotta do the 2017 version, he posted.

In the version, Niskanen refers to the 2017 World Championships, where he won a 15-kilometer traditional world championship and a pair sprint bronze with Sami Jauhojärvi.

He also left the Finnish Cup kinkers skied in Keuruu a couple of weeks before the Lahti Games and spent a lot of time in the Mecca of Finnish skiers in Vuokatti.

Niskanen last competed in the Ruka World Cup at the end of November, where he placed fifth in the minitour.

Since then, the Star Seen has honed its ability to strike with domestic snow.

Niskanen withdrew from the ongoing Tour de Skis in the last incident, citing the risk of illness.

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Next week, Vantaa's Hakunila will face traditional normal trips and message competitions.

The line has several top Finnish skiers.