Andreas Nygaard and Lina Korsgren won Vasaloppet 2018
Vasaloppet 2018 offered exciting upheavals in both the men’s and women’s class. Norwegian Andreas Nygaard spurted his way to victory ahead of Swedish surprise Bob Impola in the men’s class, and Lina Korsgren ended up winning the women’s class almost five minutes ahead of Astrid Öyre Slind.
Successful revenge vo Andreas Nygaard
This year Vasaloppet held excitement and many reversals from start to finish in the men’s class. But the score was not settled until the final stretch in Mora. 19 skiers were in the running from Moraparken to the finish line. Last year’s second Andreas Nygaard turned out to be strongest. Bob Impola held the lead onto the final stretch but no one could match Nygaard’s energetic spurt in this year’s Vasaloppet.
“I had immense energy when we got into Moraparken,” said Nygaard, who has been vexed over his second place photo finish against John Kristian Dahl last year. “I have thought of this 10–20 times a day, since last year. This has been constantly on my mind,” said Nygaard, who hails from the north of Norway. “Last year I wasn’t strong enough. I didn’t have a single calorie in me when I passed the finish line.” Things went differently this year and he had plenty of energy left to spend. The big group was far behind, for a long time, which bothered Nygaard somewhat but he kept his cool.
“I was a bit worried but I’d decided to put all my eggs in one basket this year. To have as much strength as possible towards the end.” For a long time Nygaard was ready to spurt for second place but everything changed when the group, with barely three kilometres to go, caught up to Tore Björseth Berdal.
“All of a sudden I saw him up ahead and knew we’d be spurting for the win.” Nygaard took the win three seconds ahead of surprise Bob Impola. Bob, who came 13th in Vasaloppet last year, held the lead up onto the final stretch.
3rd place goes to Stian Hoelgaard.
Lina Korsgren achieves home victory for Sweden
In the ladie’s race we saw five atheletes within 43 seconds of each other when passing Mangsbodarna: Astrid Öyre Slind, Britta Johansson Norgren, Katerina Smutna, Lina Korsgren and Laila Kveli. In Risberg, Slind had a slight lead ahead of Korsgren and Smutna, and Johansson Norgren looked to be having problems, 21 seconds behind the leading Norwegian. In Evertsberg, Slind, who skied with grip wax, had increased her lead to 35 seconds ahead of Korsgren and Smutna. Slightly before Hökberg there was a change as Korsgren passed and pulled ahead of Slind. “I hadn’t planned to pull ahead. It just worked out that way. I’d planned on saving my energy for the spurt,” said Korsgren, a Dalarna woman residing in Are. Lina then increased her lead all the way to Mora and won by 4.41 ahead of the Norwegian. To the question, if she felt strong during the race, she answered: “No, I thought the first slope was terrible. At that point it seemed like this would be a really rough day, but then I could gather myself again when we were in that big group.” 3rd place goes to Katerina Smutna.
Worthy to know about today’s Vasaloppet
- Andreas Nygaard’s win was Norway’s sixth men’s class win in a row and Norway’s ninth men’s class win in Vasaloppet history.
- Andreas Nygaard’s placements since his Vasaloppet debut in 2013 are: 55, 6, 15, 18, 2, 1.
- This was the first time since 1999 that last year’s second won the Vasaloppet men’s class. That time Staffan Larsson was the winner.
- Andreas Nygaard passed Evertsberg in 75th place.
- This was the slowest men’s class winning time in Vasaloppet since 2007.
- Bob Niemi Impola’s second place is Sweden’s best men’s class placement in Vasaloppet since Daniel Tynell came second in 2013.
- Stian Hoelgaard, who came third, has now been in the top 3 three years in a row. (Second in 2016 and third in 2017.)
- Jörgen Brink, who came fourth, has now been in the Vasaloppet top 4 seven times.
- Stanislav Rezac, aged 44, came seventh, skiing Vasaloppet for the twentieth time and hitting the top 10 for the 14th time!
- The women’s class winner Lina Korsgren has, since 2014, placed: 12, 5, 3, 5, 1.
- Lina Korsgren’s winning margin of four minutes and 41 seconds is the largest in the Vasaloppet women’s class since 2003.
- Astrid Öyre Slind, who came second, skied Vasaloppet for the third time. In 2016 she came fifth and in 2017 she was second. Norway’s latest women’s class victory was in 2014.
- The preliminary count of 15,043 starting participants is the highest since 2010.
Results of the Vasaloppet 2018
- Andreas Nygaard, NOR, 4.24.36
- Bob Niemi Impola, SWE, 4.24.39
- Stian Hoelgaard, NOR, 4.24.40
- Jörgen Brink, SWE, 4.24.41
- Öystein Pettersen, NOR, 4.24.41
- Magnus Vesterheim, NOR, 4.24.41
- Stanislav Rezac, CZE, 4.24.42
- Anders Aukland, NOR, 4.24.42
- Tord Asle Gjerdalen, NOR, 4.24.42
- Thomas Gifstad, NOR, 4.24.4
- Lina Korsgren, SWE, 4.41.50
- Astrid Öyre Slind, NOR, 4.46.31
- Katerina Smutná, CZE, 4.47.48
- Britta Johansson Norgren, SWE, 4.51.51
- Sara Lindborg, SWE, 4.56.02
- Heli Annika Heiskanen, FIN, 5.00.56
- Laila Kveli, NOR, 5.03.37
- Roxana Lacroix, FRA, 5.12.18
- Marit Engeseth, NOR, 5.12.47
- Evelina Bångman, SWE, 5.14.34
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