2018/04/08

Five Fischer athletes in front at Reistadløpet

Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Team Santander, Fischer skis and boots) claimed victory ahead of four Fischer skiers at the Reistadløpet today. Justyna Kowalczyk (Team Trentino Robinson Trainer, Fischer) took second place on the women’s side.

In the morning, many pro skiers juggled between choosing kick wax or double poling as a heavy snowfall hit the region. The sky cleared up before the start, and all the podium places went to diagonal striders in both the men’s and women’s races.

Women started first, and the first long climb to Orta proved to be quite decisive as three skiers broke away from the pack. After the second uphill only Justyna Kowalczyk and Ishida Masako were left and continued their battle in the front. They approached the stadium area neck and neck, but at the finishline Justyna Kowlaczyk had to accept defeat against Ishida and secured second place.

In the men’s race, a large group went past the first sprint point right before the long uphill. Tord Asle Gjerdalen and Chris Jespersen (Team Koteng, Fischer skis and boots) broke away in the climb. The second ascent to the top of the mountain was the decisive one as Chris Jespersen struggled with his aggressive kick-wax. Tord Asle Gjerdalen skied away and took the victory ahead of Chris Jespersen followed by the legend of sports Anders Aukland (Team Santander, Fischer skis and boots), Daniel Richardsson (Lager 157 Ski Team, Fischer skis and boots) and Øyvind Moen Fjeld (Team Santander, Fischer skis and boots). “I had wonderful skis and I had a perfect day,” the winner Gjerdalen admitted. “When I left the hotel, I was still going to go double poling, but only a few minutes before the start, I changed my mind and chose diagonal striding. It was the right decision.”

In the overall ranking, Britta Johansson Norgren (Lager 157 Ski Team, Fischer skis and boots) is still in the lead ahead of Katerina Smutna (Bauer Ski Team, Fischer). The yellow bib on the men’s side is still worn by today’s winner Tord Asle Gjerdalen ahead of Andreas Nygaard (Team Santander, Fischer skis and boots), Morten Eide Pedersen (Team BN Bank, Fischer skis and boots) and Anders Aukland.

Results Reistadløpet

Photo credit: Magnus Östh

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