Gjerdalen and Johansson Norgren win Kaiser Maximilian Lauf

Britta Johansson Norgren (Team Laget 157, Fischer skis and boots) claimed victory at the Kaiser Maximilian Lauf today. On the men's side Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Team Santander, Fischer skis and boots) took the victory ahead of Andreas Holmberg (Team Serneke, Fischer skis and boots).

In the women’s race, Johansson Norgren and Ishida broke away right after the bang and continued their play of back and forth almost to the end. Norgren got a gap in the Leutasch valley, and Ishida got caught up by the chasing group of three. After leaving the valley, Ishida managed to catch Johansson Norgren again in the long climbs due to her diagonal striding.

“It was my plan to go full speed from the beginning,” the happy winner Johansson Norgren admitted. “I knew Ishida will go fast in the climbs, but I felt strong from the beginning. It was really hard skiing alone in the valley, and when Ishida caught me up, I wasn’t sure if I could win the race. But the last part of the course was perfect for me and I had no problems securing the victory today.”

=> Results Kaiser Maximilian Lauf

In the men’s race, a decisive breakaway happened once the lead group reached the Leutasch valley. Vinjar Skogsholm, Team Parkettpartner, and Andreas Holmberg, Team Serneke, decided to attack and got away from the pack. Their lead extended quickly, and by the time they reached the first climb after the valley, the chasing group was about 90 seconds behind them. Holmberg realized that the opportunity had presented itself and attacked while Skogsholm couldn’t keep up with the impressive pace.

Only Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team Santander, and Ilya Chernousov, Bauer Ski Team, were strong enough to chase after the lonely wolf in the front. The former was able to catch Holmberg about three kilometers before the finish. Today’s “Visma Skier of the Day” Holmberg couldn’t follow Gjerdalen but managed to keep Chernousov behind him.

“I didn’t like the fact that we gave too much leeway for Holmberg and Skogsholm,” Gjerdalen acknowledged after the race. “I’m happy that Ilya helped me in our attempt to catch up with Holmberg, but I wasn’t really sure if we were going to make it. You never know how the other person is feeling in the front, what kind of skis he has and what goes on in his mind. But I managed to win today and it feels great to be back on the top.”

=> Results Kaiser Maximilian Lauf

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