Seraina Boner (SUI, Fischer) claimed today victory at the second last race of the Swix Ski Classics serie at the Birkebeinerrennet in Norway ahead of Sandra Hansson (SWE) and Jenny Hansson (SWE, Fischer) and thus secured already the victory in the overall ranking. Espen Harald Bjerke (NOR, Fischer)in third place likewise made the podium on the mens side in third place at the traditional race over 54 kilometer in classical technique.
Despite heavy snowfall Seraina Boner was in the lead right from the beginning and won with outstanding 6 minutes ahead. "It has been a really tough race, but if you cross the finishline the third time in a row as the winner, it doesn't matter," said the overwhelmed winner and added with a smile: "it seems that the track with it's many uphills and downhills fits me." Todays victory meant at the same time the victory in the overall ranking of the Swix Ski Classics series. Third place today was taken by Jenny Hansson, who had to accept defeat against Sandra Hansson just about 8 seconds.
On the mens side Espen Harald Bjerke, Morten Eide Pedersen (NOR, Fischer), Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) and Roger Aa Djupvik (NOR, Fischer) made high pace right from the beginning. Roger Aa Djupvik took the sprint after nine kilometers and Espen Harald Bjerke after 27 kilometers. Until the end Bjerke fighted for the victory and had to acceppt defeat against Anders Aukland (NOR) and Eldar Roenning (NOR) not until the finishing stretch. Anyhow the 32 years old was satisfied: "At the end I wasn't able to follow the high speed, but the Birkebeiner was my big goal for this season and I am really happy to make the podium in my hometown."
Morten Eide Pedersen finished in sixth place ahead of Audun Laugalaund (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). Both succeeded with the new Speedmax Classic Ski.Results Birkebeinerrennet 54 CT, men:
1) Anders Aukland, NOR, 02:42:38
2) Eldar Rønning, NOR, 02:42:513) Espen Harald Bjerke, NOR 02:43:02 Fischer
4) Jørgen Aukland, NOR, 02:43:30
5) Jörgen Brink, NOR, 02:43:336) Morten Eide Pedersen, NOR 02:43:48 Fischer7) Audun Laugaland, NOR 02:44:05 Fischer skis and boots
8) Simen Østensen, NOR, 02:44:25
9) Svein Tore Sinnes, NOR 02:46:42
10) Pål Golberg, NOR 02:46:43Results Birkebeinerrennet 54 CT, women:1) Seraina Boner, SUI, 03:09:12 Fischer
2) Sandra Hansson, SWE, 03:15:06 3) Jenny Hansson, SWE, 03:15:14 Fischer
4) Susanne Nyström, SWE, 03:17:38
5) Laila Ahrlin Kveli, NOR, 03:18:00Result list Birkebeinerrennet 2013