FEB 24, 2020
The Cross Country World Cup season has been going on for a while, and the Atomic athletes are still on the right track with their Redster setup. Simen Hegstad Krueger demonstrated his world-class during the FIS Ski Tour 2020: following two top results in the sprint events and an outstanding performance in the 30 km pursuit the double Olympic champion finished the grueling series as 2nd. Evgenij Belov came in 12th. On the women’s side Atomic athletes Tiril Udnes Weng and her sister Lotta earned 8th and 14th place.
“Well done!“ says Nordic Race Manager Peter Landl referring to superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger’s happy end of the FIS Ski Tour 2020 – a very demanding race series just a month before the season ends. The key to success: a perfect interplay between Atomic athlete and Atomic material. Ahead of the concluding 30 km pursuit stage in Trondheim nobody, not even the most optimistic members of the crew, had expected Simen to pull off a 2nd place in the overall Tour rankings.
“The tactics concerning the choice of ski proved to be right and we’re all extremely happy about his 2nd place. Simen skied an awesome race, both tactically and performance wise. Our entire team demonstrated once again that we’re perfectly attuned to each other.”
Simen Hegstad Krueger just had one bad day, in the Classic pursuit stage on the second day of the Tour. In the two sprint events, however, he demonstrated his world-class – skiing to 12th and 10th place – proving what a complete Cross-Country athlete he is. In the end it was exactly those 26 seconds from the second sprint race in Trondheim that laid the foundation for his 2nd overall rank. According to Peter Landl, this wasn’t the only thing noteworthy: “Evgenij Belov’s performance on the Tour with place 12 was also strong. All four Atomic athletes that were still in the race on the last day made it into the top 13 of the “Winner of the Day” ranking. And the two Weng sisters Tiril and Lotta performed pretty strongly too, finishing 8th respectively 14th overall.”
Yet another success story of the past Nordic weekend: Manuel Faisst earned a 5th place in the Nordic Combined World Cup in Trondheim.