More Vasaloppet Observations And Comments

FasterSkierMarch 9, 2004

Oskar Svard missed Anders Aukland’s acceleration.
Last years winner “missed” Anders Aukland’s main move in Oxberg.
– I wasn’t alert enough and didn’t see it when he pulled away, said Oskar Svard after the race. He ended up in 4th after doing most of the work by himself trying to catch the two leaders.

Lactate in the first uphill for Svahn
Mattias Svahn from Mora was one of many pree-race favorites. He ended up in a disappointing 29th place.
– I built up lactate already up the first hill and realized early that it was not going to be my day today, said a disappointed Mattias.

Pole-break for Myllyla
A pole break before Oxberg destroyed Finish skier Miki Myllyla's plans about winning the Vasaloppet.
-I got a replacement but it didn’t fit, said Mika.
He ended up in 39th place. A disappointment for this year’s Finlandialoppet winner.
– It’s a great race and I was happy to ski under 4 hours, said Myllyla

Tough day for Vittoz
French skier Vincent Vittoz skied in his first Vasaloppet race. He is a skate specialist and didn’t have ambitions about winning. He ended up in 28th place, nine minutes behind the winner.
-I wasn’t prepared for neither the length nor this much double-poling. It was tough, said Vittoz


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