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1 Emil Persson 26,192,911
2 Astrid Øyre Sli... 25,577,121
3 Andreas Nygaard 25,506,972
4 Emilie Fleten 25,469,885
5 Kasper Stadaas 25,463,330
6 Ida Dahl 25,349,402
7 Johan Hoel 24,512,479
8 Max Novak 24,172,925
9 Thomas Ødegaard... 23,852,025
10 Axel Jutterströ... 23,729,274
11 Oskar Kardin 23,652,156
12 Runar Skaug Mat... 23,643,066
13 Herman Paus 23,615,220
14 Amund Riege 23,591,393
15 Tord Asle Gjerd... 23,381,925
16 Karstein Johaug 23,355,336
17 Morten Eide Ped... 23,346,171
18 Torleif Syrstad 23,300,415
19 Johannes Eklöf 23,196,747
20 Magnus Vesterhe... 23,104,879
21 Stian Hoelgaard 23,035,068
22 Alvar Myhlback 23,024,761
23 Magni Smedås 22,934,217
24 Petter Stakston 22,821,210
25 Thomas Bing 22,745,859
26 Eirik Sverdrup ... 22,666,755
27 Torgeir Sulen H... 21,565,266
28 Thomas Joly 21,532,107
29 Jeremy Royer 21,459,378
30 Klas Nilsson 21,444,095
31 Anikken Gjerde ... 21,371,471
32 Einar Kalland-O... 21,356,595
33 Eddie Edström 21,244,371
34 Alfred Buskqvis... 21,119,267
35 Nils Dahlsten 21,036,730
36 Kati Roivas 21,035,874
37 Silje Øyre Slin... 21,008,445
38 Joar Thele 20,800,835
39 Jenny Larsson 20,746,503
40 Marcus Johansso... 20,552,417
41 Karolina Hedens... 20,551,427
42 Patrick Fossum ... 20,428,261
43 Fabián Štoček... 20,317,298
44 Chris Andre Jes... 19,966,935
45 Juuso Mäkelä 19,956,551
46 Jan Šrail 19,747,076
47 Petter Northug 19,668,773
48 Sofie Elebro 19,615,781
49 Anders Aukland 19,160,694
50 Stian Berg 18,929,650
 
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Meet Kasper Stadaas – Engadin La Diagonela Winner

After skiing for 55-kilometers in Zuoz, Switzerland, Kasper Stadaas, Team Ragde Charge, was the first skier crossing the finish line, thus becoming La Diagonela 2022 winner.

Photo: Visma Ski Classics/Magnus Östh

Kasper Stadaas, Team Ragde Charge, won Engadin La Diagonela 2022.

ProXCskiing talked to Norway’s skier, who was feeling great for his first-ever Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour event victory.

In a superb sprint to victory in front of Stian Hoelgaard, Team Curira, and Mikael Gunnulfsen, Team Koteng Eidissen, Kasper Stadaas felt great for his first victory at Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour. After arriving in Livigno, where Team Ragde Charge will spend the week before Marcialonga, Kasper Stadaas told ProXCskiing how he felt after his accomplishment.

“I am feeling pretty good. To win at this stage with so many good skiers on the start line is just amazing,” says Kasper.

Despite his first season as a long-distance skier, Stadaas has been an elite traditional cross-country skier for a long time, with some victories and podiums under his belt. Like many other Norwegian athletes, spending time outdoors made him fall in love with skiing and become a top athlete.

“The best memories I have of cross-country skiing are spending long days skiing in Nordmarka (Oslo) with my friends. Many of them are former athletes, and others are still competing at a high level,” says Kasper, while describing the beauty of a skiing day,“ just enjoying a good banter, beautiful tracks, and a cinnamon bun at one of the cabins far in the woods.”

From Traditional to Long-Distance Skiing

Before becoming a long-distance skier with Team Ragde Charge, Kasper Stadaas focused on traditional cross-country skiing. The change in his career made him train differently, going from several training sessions every day to one long session per day, which made his life more stress-free.

“The number of training hours surely changed a lot. Before, I trained several times a day, with shorter sessions. Now I can be out skiing for 3-6 hours in a single session. My life has also been more predictable now, without the stress of being selected for World Cup races. Now I know which events I will race, and I can prepare accordingly. I would say that now it is a sweeter life,” shares Kasper.

During his career as a traditional skier, Kasper was a strong sprinter. Now that he has devoted himself to long-distance skiing, Kasper believes that the characteristics that made him a strong sprinter are the same that make him a solid long-distance skier.

“I really enjoyed sprinting, but I have now grown to love long-distance racing. My strengths are the same, both for traditional and long-distance skiing – speed, power, and the love for tactics. I am not yet fully trained for the long uphills and the long and hard races of some of the events in the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour. I believe it will take some years to develop this capacity.”

But Kasper Stadaas is also confident that he will improve his stamina to face these kinds of challenges, especially with Team Ragde Charge, who made him feel welcomed since the first day.

“Aukland brothers have an endless amount of experience, but also the immense knowledge of the rest of the team is possessing. I have learned so much about what works in long-distance racing in such a short time. Team Ragde Charge welcomed me and shared their knowledge and tips with me since the first day,” says Kasper, while also telling ProXCskiing that he will fight for the podium in every upcoming race.

“I know there will be good and bad days, but if I give my best, I am sure I will succeed sometimes,” concludes Kasper Stadaas.

Next up in the Visma Ski Classics is Marcialonga. The 70-kilometer classic long-distance race takes place in Trentino, Italy, on January 30, 2022.

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Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, and Runar Skaug Mathisen, Lager 157 Ski Team, winners at Marcialonga 2024.

Runar Skaug Mathisen and Emilie Fleten winners of Marcialonga 2024

Marcialonga, the seventh Ski Classics stage, and first Grand Classics event, Season XV, took place today in Italy. Runar Skaug Mathisen, Lager 157 Ski Team, and Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, won the 70-kilometer-long race in grand style.

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