Third coup at the Marcialonga! On Sunday, Atomic athlete Jörgen Aukland won the 70 kilometer cross-country skiing marathon classics in Italy for the third time after 2003 and 2006. This happened after an incredible race to catch up from kilometer 40 onwards and an exciting finish sprint against his elder brother and Atomic colleague Anders.
After 2:55:37,3 hours the 36-year-old Norwegian Jörgen Aukland crossed the finish line in Predazzo.
1,7 seconds afterwards, his brother Anders, elder by 3 years and the winner of this competition in 2004, followed him. At kilometer 40, Jörgen still lagged behind the top group, but he kept on fighting with ATOMIC Worldcup Classic. “My ATOMIC did not let me down. It was a great feeling to reach the top racers. During the last kilometers, I felt strong and that I could make it.” Jörgen Aukland now shares the leadership of the FIS Marathon Cup with Czech Stanislav Rezac. Jörgen Aukland has gained a total of 160 points in three out of ten races. Anders Aukland ranks third with 125 points.
Medals for ATOMIC athletes at the Norwegian and German championships
There are reports of success for ATOMIC athletes in regards to national cross-country skiing championships. In Norway, Marthe Kristoffersen won a gold medal in the 3 x 5 kilometer relay and Sondre Turvoll Fossli won silver in the 1,3 kilometer men’s sprint. In Germany, Franz Göring took a silver medal home with him after the 10 km race and in the girls’ U18, Victoria Carl won two gold medals – one in sprint, the other in the 10 km race.