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21-year-old from Skellefteå makes Ski Classics debut

Swedish Exsitec Ski Team strengthens its lineup for the Ski Classics season premiere with the addition of a promising 21-year-old from Skellefteå, Sweden.

Photo: Mathilda Ahlberg/Bildbyrån

A Pro Team Tempo and a 35km long-distance race are on the agenda in Bad Gastein, Austria, this weekend as Ski Classics kicks off Season XV. Following that, there’s a race weekend with a long-distance event and an individual competition in La Venosta, Italy.

Competing in these events for the Swedish Exsitec Ski Team will be Saga Nilsson from Skellefteå, Sweden.

“It is important for us to have two women starting in the season premiere when Frida (Hallquist) needs to prioritize her regular job this time. Even though we are a small team with fewer financial resources, it’s crucial for us to showcase ourselves on both the men’s and women’s sides. Therefore, we are pleased that Saga Nilsson wants to try long-distance racing on short notice. It’s extra exciting to include a young talent,” says team manager Niclas Hägglund to Langd.se.

21-year-old Saga Nilsson has delivered several solid performances in the early season on traditional distances, including a 25th-place finish at the Swedish premiere in Gällivare a few weekends ago.

In addition to Frida Hallquist, who will not be racing this weekend, the team includes Emma Ivarsson, Klas Nilsson, Einar Kalland-Olsen, Gabriel Strid, Jakob Karlsson, Niclas Hägglund, and Linus Jansson.

Read also: Swedish Sibling Pair to Compete for Team Ramudden in Ski Classics Season Opener

The Season XV of Ski Classics Pro Tour consists of 15 events on 11 event weekends in 6 different countries. 

Ski Classics Pro Tour Season XV (2023/2024)

  • Event 1: December 9, 2023 – Bad Gastein PTT, Austria, 13km
  • Event 2: December 10, 2023 – Bad Gastein Criterium, Austria, 36km
  • Event 3: December 16, 2023 – La Venosta Criterium, Italy, 36km 
  • Event 4: December 17, 2023 – La Venosta ITT, Italy, 10km
  • Event 5: January 13, 2024 – 3 Zinnen Ski Marathon, Italy, 62km
  • Event 6: January 20, 2024 – Engadin La Diagonela, Switzerland, 56km
  • Event 7: January 28, 2024 – Marcialonga, Italy, 70km
  • Event 8: February 11, 2024 – Jizerská50, Czech Republic, 50km
  • Event 9: February 17, 2024 – Grönklitt Classic, Sweden, 60km
  • Event 10: February 18, 2024 – Grönklitt ITT, Sweden, 13km
  • Event 11: March 3, 2024 – Vasaloppet, Sweden, 90km
  • Event 12: March 16, 2024 – Birkebeinerrennet, Norway, 54km
  • Event 13: April 6, 2024 – Reistadløpet, Norway, 50km
  • Event 14: April 7, 2024 – Summit 2 Senja, Norway, 60km
  • Event 15: April 13, 2024 – Ski Classics Grand Finale – Janteloppet, Norway, 100km

More information about the Ski Classics Pro Tour can be found at skiclassics.com

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