FEB 15, 2016
Second Strike. Redster-athlete Tord Asle Gjerdalen made an impressive statement in Cortina where the seventh event of the Ski Classics Tour took place in a short-ened version.
In an enthralling duel the Atomic-star with the pilot shades after 32 kilometers sprinted down the leader in the overall standings, Petter Eliassen. With his second victory of the season (after the Marcialonga) Gjerdalen is closing in on his Norwegian compatriot. After a three-week-break now the showdown will be decided at the last three events in Scandinavia.
After the Kaiser Maximilian Lauf in Seefeld, the Ski Classics Tour moved to Italy where yet another new event was added to the schedule. Toblach / Dobbiaco – Cortina took place with great winter conditions. The original course though had to be shortened from 50 to 32 kilometers. No big deal for Atomic-pilot Tord Asle Gjerdalen who fairs well over all long distances. He delivered yet another electrifying duel with his Norwegian compatriot Petter Eliassen, the leader in the overall standings. The outcome was a repeat of this years’s Marcialonga. Both powerhouses were able to separate themselves from the rest of the field with Tord Asle Gjerdalen, the man with the pilot shades, having more power reserved for the sprint. „The short distances can sometimes be much harder than the long ones because of the hard tempo and pace“, said Tord who once again and praised again his super-fast Redster Carbon Classic skis:
“I felt confident from the beginning on, even if the other athletes are also very strong. But I have to say; my skis were extremely fast!”
GJERDALEN READY FOR AN EXCITING FINALE IN SCANDINAVIA
After seven of ten races the Ski Classics Tour will now take a three-week-break. Time to recharge the batteries before the grande finale takes place in Scandinavia. The legendary Vasaloppet is the next one in line on March 6 where the showdown between Eliassen and Gjerdalen will continue. With a deficit of just 110 points in the overall standings anything is still possible for the Redster-athlete though he knows it will be a tough challenge in a distance that is three times longer than the one in Cortina (90 kilometers). With two victories in hand out of the last three races the momentum though is clearly on Gjerdalen’s side! Tord on his practice focus in the next few weeks: „I will be working on my pace for the 90 kilometers and definitely also on my double polling efforts that paid off big time already at the Marcialonga and in Cortina.“