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2 Astrid Øyre Sli... 25,587,856
3 Ida Dahl 25,490,319
4 Andreas Nygaard 25,090,602
5 Tord Asle Gjerd... 24,584,931
6 Kasper Stadaas 24,454,035
7 Max Novak 24,254,434
8 Johannes Eklöf 24,074,060
9 Britta Johansso... 24,058,203
10 Oskar Kardin 23,980,610
11 Emilie Fleten 23,879,176
12 Stian Hoelgaard 23,789,140
13 Johan Hoel 23,746,548
14 Morten Eide Ped... 23,730,691
15 Herman Paus 23,470,459
16 Karstein Johaug 23,459,624
17 Lina Korsgren 23,111,810
18 Runar Skaug Mat... 22,987,428
19 Torleif Syrstad 22,977,143
20 Magnus Vesterhe... 22,969,272
21 Marcus Johansso... 22,556,320
22 Axel Jutterströ... 22,542,328
23 Thomas Ødegaard... 22,348,199
24 Vetle Thyli 22,272,323
25 Torgeir Sulen H... 22,173,420
26 Chris Andre Jes... 22,054,623
27 Anders Aukland 21,937,881
28 Joar Thele 21,847,272
29 Eddie Edström 21,670,703
30 Klas Nilsson 21,558,881
31 Amund Riege 21,545,798
32 Nils Dahlsten 21,414,282
33 Maxim Vylegzhan... 20,901,270
34 Jiří Pliska 20,563,643
35 Thomas Joly 20,193,563
36 Stanislav Řezáč... 20,142,276
37 Jan Šrail 20,051,940
38 Fabián Štoček... 19,848,958
39 Anikken Gjerde ... 19,803,134
40 Stian Berg 19,712,280
41 Viktor Mäenpää... 19,561,603
42 Patrick Fossum ... 19,511,803
43 Petter Soleng S... 19,490,944
44 Simen Engebrets... 19,178,110
45 Sofie Elebro 19,133,173
46 Mauro Brigadoi 19,098,834
47 Gabriel Höjlind... 18,761,496
48 Alexey Shemiaki... 18,653,161
49 Magni Smedås 18,520,527
50 Kati Roivas 18,388,412
 
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Astrid Øyre Slind and Emil Persson Winners of Engadin La Diagonela

Season XIV’s sixth Ski Classics event, 48-kilometer Engadin La Diagonela in Switzerland, saw Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, and Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, winning the race in superior style.

Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus

Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, won today's Engadin La Diagonela in Switzerland.

The race that started in Pontresina and finished in Zuoz saw Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, and Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, dominating their respective races and winning Engadin La Diagonela 2023, the sixth event of Ski Classics Season XIV. 

ENGADIN LA DIAGONELA – MEN’S RACE

In the men’s race, which started at 8:55 CET, the action started early at the Sprint checkpoint in Samedan, 5.3km into the race, with Vebjørn Moen, Team Aker Dæhlie, crossing first, followed by Alfred Buskqvist, Team Ramudden, and Lorenzo Busin, Team Internorm Alpenplus Trentino. 

With about 37km to go, after crossing the railroads, the skiers hit the steepest climb of the day, with Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team XPND Fuel, Johannes Eklöf, Team Ramudden, and Oskar Kardin, Team Ragde Charge, leading the group and controlling the pace, but no decisive action yet.

The second and last Sprint checkpoint of the day, 24.7km into the race at Lej da Gravatscha, saw fast man Alfred Buskqvist, Team Ramudden, taking the most points, closely followed by Fabián Štoček, Vltava Fund Ski Team, and Marcus Johansson, Lager 157 Ski Team. From there, the leading group of contenders kept together for the race.

At the last 10km of the race, about 35 skiers were still strong in the front, but the significant action came on the final kilometers. 

With about 7km to go, Thomas Ødegaarden, Team XPND Fuel, was on the offensive at the front, setting the pace and trying to reduce the remaining 30 skiers’ group. With 3km to go, Team Ragde Charge upped the pace and tried to stretch the field.

With 1.5km to go, Andreas Nygaard, Team Ragde Charge, upped the pace but soon faded, leaving the front group open for the sprint fight. 

In the end, Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, had an impressive sprint and won his fifth individual Ski Classics Pro Tour event this season, followed by Max Novak, Team Aker Dæhlie, 0.5 seconds back. Stian Hoelgaard, Team Aker Dæhlie, completed the podium in the third position, 3.1 seconds behind the winner.

Max Novak, Team Aker Dæhlie (2nd); Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team (1st); Stian Hoelgaard, Team Aker Dæhlie (3rd). Photo Reichert/NordicFocus.

Engadin La Diagonela – Top 3 Men 

  1. Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, 2:00:10.4
  2. Max Novak, Team Aker Dæhlie, +0.5
  3. Stian Hoelgaard, Team Aker Dæhlie, +3.1

ENGADIN LA DIAGONELA – WOMEN’S RACE

In the women’s race, which started 5 minutes after the men, at 9:00 CET, we had good action already at Samedan 5.3km mark Sprint. Anikken Gjerde Alnæs, Team Ragde Charge, crossed first, followed by Magnis Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, and Jenny Larsson, Team Ragde Charge.

Right after the railroad crossing and into the steepest climb of the race, Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, upped the pace, and only Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, could follow. The chasing group, formed by Anikken Gjerde Alnæs, Team Ragde Charge, and Magnis Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, tried to close the gap but was already 18 seconds back after a couple of kilometers.

The leading duo kept working together and, with 34km to go, increased the gap to the chasers to 37 seconds. Anikken and Magni were fighting hard, and Kati Roivas, Team Næringsbanken Stora Enso, could enter the chasing group. 

At Val Roseg, 14.6km into the race, Fleten and Øyre Slind crossed first, with the chasing trio of Roivas, Smedås, and Gjerde Alnæs one minute back. 

At Lej da Gravatscha 24.7km Sprint split, it was time for Astrid Øyre Slind,Team Aker Dæhlie, to cross first, followed by Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, 0.5 seconds back, and Anikken Gjerde Alnæs, Team Ragde Charge, 1:43.5 behind. 

From there, the front of the race was established. With about 16km to go, the chasing trio was still together, with Roivas, Smedås, and Gjerde Alnæs two minutes behind, and the gap still growing.

With 1km to go, it was a fight between Astrid and Emilie for the top place on the podium. 

In the end, with 300m to go, Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, attacked and used all her power to win Engadin La Diagonela 2023 in a convincing performance. Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, crossed the line 15.6 seconds back, and Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, managed to get the third podium place, 3:47.7 behind the winner. 

Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden (2nd); Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie (1st); Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus (3rd). Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Engadin La Diagonela – Top 3 Women

  1. Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, 2:18:23.6
  2. Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, +15.6
  3. Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, +3:47.7

Engadin La Diagonela results can be found HERE.

SKI CLASSICS COMPETITIONS – CURRENT STANDINGS

After Engadin La Diagonela, Ida Dahl, Team Engcon, and Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, lead the Champion bib competition. Anikken Gjerde Alnæs, Team Ragde Charge, is carrying the Green bib of the Sprint competition, together with Alfred Buskqvist, Team Ramudden.

Ida Dahl, Team Engcon, and Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, carry the bib for the Climb competition. The Pink bib for the best Youth is resting on the shoulders of Karolina Hedenström, Lager 157 Ski Team, and Amund Riege, Team Ramudden. 

Next up is Marcialonga on Sunday, January 29. The 70-kilometer classic race marks the seventh Ski Classics stage and Season XIV’s first Grand Classics event.

The Season XIV of Ski Classics Pro Tour consists of 14 events on 10 event weekends in 6 different countries. 

Ski Classics Pro Tour Season XIV (2022/2023)

  • Event 1: December 10, 2022 – Bad Gastein PTT, Bad Gastein, Austria, 15km
  • Event 2: December 11, 2022 – Bad Gastein Criterium, Bad Gastein, Austria, 35km
  • Event 3: December 17, 2022 – La Venosta Criterium, Val Venosta, Italy, 36km 
  • Event 4: January 14, 2023 – Pustertaler Ski Marathon, Sexten, Italy, 62km
  • Event 5: January 15, 2023 – Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge, Niederdorf, Italy, 32km
  • Event 6: January 21, 2023 – Engadin La Diagonela, Engadin Valley, Switzerland, 48km 
  • Event 7: January 29, 2023 – Marcialonga, Trentino, Italy, 70km
  • Event 8: February 12, 2023 – Jizerská50, Bedrichov, Czech Republic, 50km
  • Event 9: February 18, 2023 – Grönklitt Criterium, Orsa Grönklitt, Sweden, 50km
  • Event 10: February 19, 2023 – Grönklitt ITT, Orsa Grönklitt, Sweden, 15km
  • Event 11: March 5, 2023 – Vasaloppet, Sälen-Mora, Sweden, 90km
  • Event 12: March 18, 2023 – Birkebeinerrennet, Rena-Lillehammer, Norway, 54km
  • Event 13: April 1, 2023 – Reistadløpet, Setermoen-Bardufoss, Norway, 40km
  • Event 14: April 2, 2023 – Summit 2 Senja, Bardufoss- Finnsnes, Norway, 67km

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