Røldal Opp: victory for Flemmen and Gloeersen

16 April 2012 11:14
Anders Gloersen
Anders Gloersen -
FIS

On Sunday 15 April and unconventional competition took place in Røldal, Norway. More than 3.000 fans turned out in the mountain resort of Røldal to see an event that combined giant slalom and then 4 km free uphill climb.

Some of World’s best Cross-Country skiers turned out at the start including Charlotte Kalla, Therese Johaug, Marit Bjoergen, Anders Gloeersen, Oeystein Pettersen, Jean-Marc Gaillard or Petter Northug jr.

Organizers reckoned with the advantage Cross-Country specialists might get thus 1 sec behind in the giant slalom meant 20 seconds back in the Cross-Country Skiing part.

Former top alpine skiers Andrinne Flemmen and Lasse Arnesen won the first part of the competition. Right after the alpine part it was time to change the skiing equipment and climb 4 km up with the height difference of 240 m.

Andrinne Flemmen kept the lead after the alpine part and came first in the finish. Norwegian youngster Tuva Toftdal came second 16 sec back. As expected Therese Johaug was the fastest climber with 15:39.6.

On the men’s side Nordic skiing specialist prevailed over alpine skiers as Anders Gloeersen led the way 33 sec ahead of Nordic Combined Mikko Kokslien. Chris Andre Jespersen went up in the fastest time of 13:54.8.

Results

Ladies
1. Andrine Flemmen
2. Tuva Toftdal Staver, +16
3. Kristin Helland Hansen, + 1.09
4. Charlotte Kalla, + 2.09
5. Karina Birkelund, + 2.54
6. Mari Eide, +3.03
7. Marit Bjørgen
8. Ingvild Skare Thygesen
9. Therese Johaug
10. Martine Ek Hagen

Top 3 fastest times

1. Therese Johaug 15:39.6
2. Charlotte Kalla 16:15.4
3. Martine Ek Hagen 16:30.8
4. Marit Bjørgen 16:42.5

Men

1. Anders Gløersen,
2. Mikko Kokslien, +33
3. Harald Astrup Arnesen, + 55
4. Vebjørn Turtveit, + 1.08
5. Stian Sverdrup Lilleeng, + 1.22
6. Jørgen Graabak, + 1.37
7. Bård Thuren Høgheim,
8. Jean-Marc Gaillard
9. Gudmund Storlien
10. Øystein Pølsa Pettersen
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Other skiers

12. Sjur Røthe
14. Petter Northug jr.
15. Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
18. Eirik Brandsdal

Top 3 fastest times

1. Chris Andre Jespersen, 13.54.8
2. Anders Gløersen, 14.33.1
3. Sjur Røthe, 14.38.7
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11. Petter Northug jr. 15.45.0

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