DEC 05, 2017
Lots of top places this weekend for the Atomic Nordic department at three different venues. In the Redster comparison the Viking cross-country specialists Simen Hegstad Krueger (4th in skiathlon) and Sondre Turvoll Fossli (6th in the classic sprint) led the rankings at their home World Cup event in Lillehammer.
On the Olympic cross-country trails from 1994 Simen Hegstad Krueger came in in 4th place, the second best individual result of his career to-date, making it a clean sweep for the first four for the Norwegians. The 24 year old kept in the leading group over the whole 30 kilometres, 15 km in the classic and 15 km in freestyle and at the end was only 11 seconds behind the winning time. After his great start to the season (7th in the pursuit race in Ruka) Hegstad Krueger is now in 7th place in the distance overall rankings.
Sondre Turvoll Fossli, the Redster sprint rocket, finished the classic sprint just like last weekend in Ruka in 6th place. After the 23 year old took it easier in the qualifying (13th place), won his quarter finals, before coming in a confident third place in the faster semi-final and then entering the showdown of the Top 6. With 74 points he is in 5th place in the interim Sprint results. In the Ladies race Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (NOR) is leading the Atomic line-up in 13th place.
For the World Cup opening for the biathletes in Östersund (SWE) Benjamin Weger made a great start. The 28 year old Swiss hit the bull’s eye with all his 20 shots in the 20km individual and skated into the World class in 7th place. At the end he only missed the podium by 19.8 seconds. With 18th place in the sprint (one mistake) Weger managed a second reasonable result.
The successful Redster weekend was rounded off in La Sgambeda in Livigno (ITA), the mass cross-country over 35 km in classic technique. Anders Moelmen Hoest (NOR) kept up excellently in the 86 strong field, achieved 7th place only 1.6 seconds down in the tightly-contested race, where the Top 15 raced over the finishing line within 6 seconds of each other.
The World Cup will continue this weekend in Davos (Sprint and 10 or 15 km freestyle for cross-country) as well as Hochfilzen (biathlon).