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1 Emil Persson 26,400,000
2 Astrid Øyre Sli... 26,074,640
3 Ida Dahl 25,962,653
4 Andreas Nygaard 25,204,937
5 Kasper Stadaas 24,731,571
6 Max Novak 24,408,540
7 Johan Hoel 24,239,242
8 Tord Asle Gjerd... 24,225,126
9 Johannes Eklöf 23,955,612
10 Emilie Fleten 23,861,586
11 Stian Hoelgaard 23,820,021
12 Oskar Kardin 23,698,180
13 Britta Johansso... 23,577,507
14 Herman Paus 23,515,423
15 Karstein Johaug 23,444,611
16 Magnus Vesterhe... 23,224,579
17 Morten Eide Ped... 23,141,153
18 Runar Skaug Mat... 23,109,109
19 Amund Riege 23,044,039
20 Thomas Ødegaard... 22,858,194
21 Torleif Syrstad 22,823,158
22 Axel Jutterströ... 22,774,131
23 Marcus Johansso... 22,386,541
24 Magni Smedås 22,272,121
25 Petter Stakston 22,264,110
26 Eddie Edström 22,191,731
27 Chris Andre Jes... 22,150,822
28 Torgeir Sulen H... 21,672,716
29 Thomas Joly 21,571,165
30 Nils Dahlsten 21,377,545
31 Klas Nilsson 21,163,179
32 Joar Thele 20,952,782
33 Anders Aukland 20,900,567
34 Patrick Fossum ... 20,725,034
35 Vetle Thyli 20,533,206
36 Jan Šrail 20,312,327
37 Alvar Myhlback 20,273,712
38 Fabián Štoček... 20,037,927
39 Anikken Gjerde ... 19,974,875
40 Jeremy Royer 19,887,147
41 Stian Berg 19,871,502
42 Karolina Hedens... 19,660,713
43 Alfred Buskqvis... 19,528,517
44 Einar Kalland-O... 19,510,307
45 Kati Roivas 19,340,721
46 Lina Korsgren 19,332,942
47 Silje Øyre Slin... 19,228,754
48 Stanislav Řezáč... 19,025,752
49 Juuso Mäkelä 18,981,645
50 Jenny Larsson 18,963,798
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Team XPND Fuel – Pro Team Presentation Season XIV

This Tord Asle Gjerdalen-led Pro Team has now shrunk into a five-skier power unit. Gjerdalen, 39, is still going strong and aims to take home the Yellow Bib after the season.

This Norwegian Pro Team has a recruit from Sweden, Klas Nilsson, who finished 5th at Vasaloppet in 2020 and won the longest ski race in the world, Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet, in 2021. Nilsson’s last season was quite decent in terms of his results on the Pro Tour, as he finished among the best 28 skiers in every race he did, six in total. His best days were in Estonia and Norway, where he finished 6th at Tartu Maraton and 19th at Birkebeinerrennet.

Gjerdalen, on the other hand, fought for the Champion title but suffered from bad luck and some gear problems. However, he managed to be on the podium three times and won one of the Pro Tour stages, La Venosta Time Trial. Vasaloppet, which he won the year before, and Ylläs-Levi were disappointments to him since he reached Mora as the 20th and Levi as the 21st best skier. In the Champion competition, this two-time Champion finished 6th, and he won the Climb competition for the first time.

The three remaining team members may not be as well-known as the two mentioned above, but they are supporting the team the best they can. Thomas Ødegaarden can be a top-20 skier, but the prestigious top-10 club has been out of his reach so far. He was close at Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge, where he let only 11 skiers beat him. At the end of the season, his results dropped down a bit, and at Vasaloppet and Ylläs-Levi, he struggled to get into the best 60 skiers, 58th and 61st, respectively.

The two female athletes on the team are Victoria Nitteberg and Gina Flugstad Øistuen. The former is a 19-year-old skier who tried her wings at Reistadløpet and skied into the finish in Bardufoss as the 27th-best racer. The latter was a bit faster in that same race with her 22nd place. She partook in three other Pro Tour races last season and was close to the top 30 in all of them. At Holmenkollen Ski Maraton, she finished 2nd.

This Pro Team relies heavily on its two star skiers. Gjerdalen is still one of the best athletes in Ski Classics, and Nilsson has the potential for top results. Ødegaard shoots to finish within the best ten skiers next season, while the two women still need to gain a lot more experience and stamina to be among the best. The three male skiers will score points for the team, and most likely, they will remain among the best six teams. But some hungry groups are behind them, looking for a chance to take a step forward and be one of the best Pro Teams in Ski Classics.

Team XPND Fuel

  • Country: Norway
  • Pro Team Director: Tord Asle Gjerdalen
  • Pro Team Ranking: 6


AthleteCountryGenderDate of BirthSC Ranking
Tord Asle GjerdalenNORM03.08.1983#4
Klas NilssonSWEM09.01.1986#33
Thomas ØdegaardenNORM14.12.1998#35
Gina Flugstad ØistuenNORW12.03.1997#285
Victoria NittebergNORW30.07.2003#1294
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