Erik Valnes wins the World Cup sprint in Ruka
Erik Valnes secured first place in the men's sprint race in classic technique for Norway at the Ruka cross-country skiing World Cup. Results from the sprint race.
It was a Pro Team athlete victory in Sweden’s national team test race. The 28-year-old from Team Eksjöhus beat the Swedish national team skiers in Vålådalen on Thursday morning.
The Swedish national team is in its last camp before the season premiere, and on Thursday morning, the program included a test race in freestyle technique. A Norwegian Pro Team athlete beat the entire Swedish national team skiers: Eirik Sverdrup Augdal, who now competes long-distance skiing with Team Eksjöhus. He beat William Poromaa by 0.5 seconds. Edvin Anger finished third, 53 seconds behind the Norwegian.
In the women’s side, the Swedish Ebba Andersson won by a good margin over Emma Ribom in second place, while Moa Lundgren finished third.
This is not the first time that Augdal has put the World Cup skiers in their place. In April, he beat Martin Løwstrøm Nyenget, Håvard Moseby, and Martin Kirkeberg Mørk from the Norwegian national team, as well as both Poromaa and Anger in Janteloppet at Hafjell.
A week after Janteloppet and after a series of solid results in Ski Classics last winter, Augdal signed a three-year contract with the Swedish Pro Team, Team Eksjöhus. He is one of five Norwegian athletes there:
“A top-class signing. A fantastic talent that we believe will make great steps in the coming years in Ski Classics. Serious with big ambitions and an enjoyable guy to have on the team. A good team player and optimistic,” said Pro Team Director Espen Träldal after the signing.
“I’m looking forward to being part of Team Eksjöhus next season. It’s a nice group to travel around with, and I aim for us to achieve many good results together,” said Augdal.
This Swedish Pro Team consists of skiers from Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Team Eksjöhus secured the 4th position in the Pro Team ranking during Season XIV and now looks forward to being the best Pro Team in the world.
Team Eksjöhus has nine Pro Team athletes, five men and four women, ready to fight for points, podium places, and color bibs this winter. For Season XV, the squad counts on its experienced roster of five athletes from Norway, three from Sweden, and one from Finland: Morten Eide Pedersen (1987), Magni Smedås (1995), Vebjørn Moen (1998), Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (1995), Thomas Ødegaarden (1998), Sofie Elebro (1993), Axel Jutterström (1998), Frida Erkers (1992), and Kati Roivas (1994).
“Team Eksjöhus is a Swedish team with skiers from the strong Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, and Finland. We strongly believe that the key is gender equality and sustainability. We also work hard at educating young athletes through our academy so we can give them the best conditions to be a long-distance skier,” says Pro Team Director Espen Trældal and elaborates on the Pro Team’s strengths: “Long-term, team spirit, and experience will make Team Eksjöhus the best Pro Team in the world!”
For the upcoming winter season, the Swedish Pro Team is aiming high:
“For Season XV, Team Eksjöhus has as its main goal to win the Pro Team competition, which our athletes will achieve as they reach their individual goals. The team is made up of strong male and female athletes; no gender is more valuable than the other in our eyes,” concludes Espen Trældal.
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