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1 Emil Persson 25,914,004
2 Emilie Fleten 25,906,053
3 Ida Dahl 25,349,402
4 Kasper Stadaas 25,223,899
5 Andreas Nygaard 24,934,569
6 Johan Hoel 24,707,367
7 Max Novak 24,166,685
8 Magni Smedås 24,096,434
9 Thomas Ødegaard... 23,852,025
10 Torleif Syrstad 23,844,654
11 Amund Riege 23,583,626
12 Axel Jutterströ... 23,542,041
13 Eirik Sverdrup ... 23,451,378
14 Runar Skaug Mat... 23,406,779
15 Herman Paus 23,398,617
16 Oskar Kardin 23,295,927
17 Morten Eide Ped... 23,285,882
18 Stian Hoelgaard 23,173,466
19 Alvar Myhlback 23,165,443
20 Petter Stakston 23,082,621
21 Magnus Vesterhe... 22,979,229
22 Karstein Johaug 22,772,809
23 Tord Asle Gjerd... 22,630,484
24 Johannes Eklöf 22,542,970
25 Thomas Bing 22,374,724
26 Astrid Øyre Sli... 22,119,196
27 Kati Roivas 21,625,092
28 Jeremy Royer 21,459,378
29 Einar Kalland-O... 21,381,668
30 Anikken Gjerde ... 21,371,471
31 Silje Øyre Slin... 21,131,436
32 Nils Dahlsten 21,036,730
33 Klas Nilsson 20,963,902
34 Alfred Buskqvis... 20,959,327
35 Eddie Edström 20,918,257
36 Thomas Joly 20,769,655
37 Torgeir Sulen H... 20,750,282
38 Karolina Hedens... 20,747,023
39 Jenny Larsson 20,746,503
40 Marcus Johansso... 20,519,477
41 Johan Tjelle 20,321,169
42 Patrick Fossum ... 20,194,014
43 Petter Northug 20,160,567
44 Fabián Štoček... 20,118,753
45 Ole Jørgen Bruv... 20,102,163
46 Joar Thele 20,023,863
47 Juuso Mäkelä 19,956,551
48 Sofie Elebro 19,681,634
49 Jan Šrail 19,577,269
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The Climb Bib Favorites After Marcialonga

Marcialonga marked the seventh Ski Classics Pro Tour event last weekend, and now the Ski Classics Season XIV is halfway through. ProXCskiing reviews the favorites for the various overall competitions, and today you can find out who the Climb bib favorites are.

The squared patterned “Lumberjack” Climb bib is worn by the female and male Pro Tour athletes with the most current Climb points before each event. There are 0-2 Climb checkpoints in the events. The seven fastest women and seven fastest men split times at the Climb checkpoint lines will get points. The overall winner is the athlete with the most Climb points after the season in each gender. 

For Season XIV, there is a new category, the Iconic Climbs, to enhance the interest around the climbs and reward the strongest athletes slightly more. The Iconic Climb points give 50% more points than a Category 1 Climb, 45 points instead of 30 points in the Climb competition.

This season has four Iconic Climbs, two in the Alps (Prato Piazza at Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge and Cascata at Marcialonga) and two in Scandinavia (Raudfjellet at Birkebeinerrennet and Orta at Reistadløpet). 

Read More: Ski Classics Launch The Iconic Climbs! 

The Climb competition is tight this season. Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team XPND Fuel, and Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, are the reigning champions in this competition. But after the Iconic Climb last weekend at Marcialonga, Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, with 122 points, and Ida Dahl, Team Engcon, with 189 points, are carrying the bib in the Climb Competition.  

Now, who are the favorites for the Climb overall competition Season XIV? 

Climb Favorites Women – Ski Classics Season XIV – After Marcialonga

After Marcialonga, Ida Dahl, Team Encon, leads the Climb bib competition with 189 points. Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, is in second place with 109 points, closely followed by Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, in third with 108 points.

The Climb competition on the women’s side is intense this winter. Ida Dahl, Team Engcon, Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, and Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, are the three biggest favorites and are having a good fight for the lumberjack jersey.

Ida is adding more points to the Climb ranking so far, 189. During Season XIV, Dahl had 30 points at Bad Gastein Criterium; 60 at La Venosta Criterium; 30 at Pustertaler Ski Marathon; 24 at Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge; and 45 points at Marcialonga.

Emilie has 109 Climb points so far: 12 points from Bad Gastein Criterium; 39 from La Venosta Criterium; 23 from Pustertaler Ski Marathon; and 35 from Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge. 

And Astrid got Climb points in just three events this season, adding a total of 108 points: 24 at Bad Gastein Criterium; 39 at La Venosta Criterium: and 45 at Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge. 

The three names are most likely on the top of the list at the end of Season XIV. Ida Dahl was strong early in the season and got maximum points at Cascata Iconic Climb. Emilie Fleten was fourth in this competition last season and is looking forward to being on top performance after recovering from health problems. Astrid Øyre Slind, the reigning Climb champion, is a climber extraordinaire and has often conjured decisive breakaways on long climbs. 

One possible challenger could be Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, the fresh winner of Marcialonga last weekend. Additionally, it will be interesting to see what Jenny Larsson, Team Ragde Charge, can offer in the second part of Ski Classics Season XIV.

Climb Bib Favorites Women – Ski Classics Season XIV

Ida Dahl

  • Nationality: Sweden
  • Date of Birth: 17.01.1996
  • Pro Team: Team Engcon  
  • Climb Points: 189 points
  • Likelihood to win: 4 out of 5
Ida Dahl, Team Engcon. Photo Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Emilie Fleten

  • Nationality: Norway 
  • Date of Birth: 09.06.1992 
  • Pro Team: Team Ramudden 
  • Climb Points: 109 points
  • Likelihood to win: 3 out of 5
Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Astrid Øyre Slind

  • Nationality: Norway
  • Date of Birth: 09.02.1988
  • Pro Team: Team Aker Dæhlie
  • Climb Points: 108 points
  • Likelihood to win: 3 out of 5
Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Magni Smedås

  • Nationality: Norway
  • Date of Birth: 17.06.1995 
  • Pro Team: Team Eksjöhus
  • Climb Points: 69 points
  • Likelihood to win: 2 out of 5
Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Jenny Larsson

  • Nationality: Sweden 
  • Date of Birth: 18.01.1996 
  • Pro Team: Team Ragde Charge 
  • Climb Points: 60 points
  • Likelihood to win: 2 out of 5
Jenny Larsson, Team Ragde Charge. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Climb Women – Top 10 


Climb Favorites Men – Ski Classics Season XIV – After Marcialonga

In the men’s side after Marcialonga, Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, leads the Climb competition with 122 points. Johan Hoel, Team Ragde Charge, is in second place with 90 points, followed by Herman Paus, Team Ramudden, in third place, with 83 points. 

The top 3 are the strongest candidates to dethrone Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team XPND Fuel, who is in fourth place with 69 points. 

So far in the season, Emil has added the most points in the Climb competition, 122, even though his focus is on the Yellow Champion bib. Persson had 24 points from Bad Gastein Criterium; 13 from La Venosta Criterium; 16 from Pustertaler Ski Marathon; 45 from Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge; and 24 points from Marcialonga. 

Johan got Climb points in just two events this season, adding a total of 90 points: 30 at Bad Gastein Criterium; and 60 points at La Venosta Criterium.

Herman has 83 Climb points so far: 12 points from La Venosta Criterium; 23 from Pustertaler Ski Marathon; 13 from Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge; and 35 points from Marcialonga. 

Apart from Tord, the reigning Climb champion, who sits in 4th place overall, another great contender should be mentioned: Kasper Stadaas, Team Ragde Charge. Kasper has 64 points and is in 5th place in the Climb competition, but he could be higher if he decides to go for the jersey.

As we can see, many great Pro Tour athletes can ski hard on long climbs, but they need to focus seriously on winning this category because the challengers are quick to take the Climb points. 

Climb Bib Favorites Men – Ski Classics Season XIV

Emil Persson

  • Nationality: Sweden
  • Date of Birth: 05.04.1995  
  • Pro Team: Lager 157 Ski Team 
  • Climb Points: 122 points
  • Likelihood to win: 4 out of 5
Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Johan Hoel

  • Nationality: Norway 
  • Date of Birth: 17.12.1994
  • Pro Team: Team Ragde Charge 
  • Climb Points: 90 points
  • Likelihood to win: 3 out of 5
Johan Hoel, Team Ragde Charge. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Herman Paus

  • Nationality: Norway
  • Date of Birth: 21.08.2000  
  • Pro Team: Team Ramudden 
  • Climb Points: 83 points
  • Likelihood to win: 3 out of 5
Herman Paus, Team Ramudden. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Tord Asle Gjerdalen

  • Nationality: Norway
  • Date of Birth: 03.08.1983 
  • Pro Team: Team XPND Fuel
  • Climb Points: 69 points
  • Likelihood to win: 3 out of 5
Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team XPND Fuel. Photo: Vanzetta/NordicFocus.

Kasper Stadaas

  • Nationality: Norway  
  • Date of Birth: 21.02.1994
  • Pro Team: Team Ragde Charge 
  • Climb Points: 64 points
  • Likelihood to win: 2 out of 5
Kasper Stadaas, Team Ragde Charge. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Climb Men – Top 10

The upcoming Ski Classics Pro Tour event is Jizerská50, a 50km classic technique event in the Czech Republic on February 12.

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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