APR 04, 2016
Gjerdalen and Höst finish tour in second place.
End of a long journey. It has been a diversified Ski Classics Tour, for the first time comprising ten races in total for the best long-distance-athletes of the world. From the kick-off in Livigno, Italy to the grand final at the traditional Arefjällsloppet over 65 kilometers in Schweden: in the long run only true class had a chance on the Classics Tour. This is why the Atomic-Stars Tord Asle Gjerdalen (second in the overall standings) and Anders Höst (second in the youth-class) delivered a positive summary of their season and may now start their well deserved break from competition. Meanwhile Atomic-teammate Oskar Svärd, the three-time Vasaloppet champion, has ended his impressive career, while on the final race weekend the young Redster-athletes secured a few more top finishes.
This season Tord Asle Gjerdalen proved how much power the Redster-Carbon-Classic-Racesetup has. Norway’s two-time relay World Champion has already laid the foundation to his second place finish in the overall standings of the power-draining Ski Classics Tour and he delivered another strong performance (7th place) at the final race, the Arefjällsloppet in Sweden. The Redster-star with the aviator sunglasses was satisfied with his showing in his second year on tour: „I succeeded well in switching to long distance in a short time. The race-support from Atomic played a major part in this, because the Redster Carbon Classics combines the best results in terms of gliding surface and energy efficiency. The season resulted also in valuable findings for the upcoming winter to get even faster.“
ONLY 12 POINTS SEPARATE ANDERS FROM YOUTH-WIN-DOUBLE
Atomic‘s Future Star Anders Höst literally has been fighting til the finishing line to repeat last year’s victory in the youth class of the Ski Classics Tour. Two weeks ago, after race number 9, the Birkebeinerrennet, the Norwegian has been trailing by 41 points. At the end of the Arefjällsloppet the margin has been reduced to 12 points, almost accomplishing the double – last year he won the youth-class outdueling his Atomic-teammate Bill Impola in the final race.
“I’m very happy with this season, in particular with the third place finish at the Vasaloppet. The next few months I will focus on improving my performance and I’m really looking for-ward to working on this.”
ATOMIC-ICON OSKAR SVÄRD PUTS AN END TO HIS LONG CAREER
He made a big contribution to the development of the cross country sport and the Atomic Nordic Unit respectively: Atomic-icon Oskar Svärd has put an end to his glamorous career (including three wins at the Vasaloppet among other things) at the Arefjällsloppet.
TOP-FINISHES FOR REDSTER-ATHLETES AT THE NOWEGIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The Atomic Nordic Unit is well positioned for the future. This has been underlined once again at the final race weekend of this winter. At the National Norwegian Championships the young Atomic-Ladies impressed with top-finishes: Marthe Kristoffersen and Kathrine Harsem secured victories, the Redster-twins Tiril and Lotta Udnes Weng finished in third place respectively. Simen Hegstad Krüger ranked third place at 10km skating.
The Atomic-team also performed strongly at the OPA Cup: The two Redster-athletes Giandomenico Salvadore (ITA) and Valentin Chauvin (FRA) finished in positions 1 and 3 in the overall standings.