RacingWorld CupDrammen: Was It Really A Classic Sprint?

FasterSkierMarch 11, 2005


Tor Arne Hetland gained a 100 points on the World Cup leader Axel Teichmann in Drammen but doesn’t have any belief in an overall victory.

-Teichmann still has a hold on the overall victory. Even though there is a sprint race left I still won’t be able to do it. If I manage to be in the top three overall it will be incredible, says Hetland.

The top three finishers in the Drammen classic sprint all used skate skis and double-poled the course. This caused many people to wonder if it was an appropriate classic sprint course. Hetland didn’t agree with those that felt it was wrong that the whole Drammen sprint course could be double poled.

-It is part of the development of sprinting. Double poling is a part of classic technique, so is going downhill. I would have liked to have seen a little more striding but I decided to try double poling today and it worked out ok. We broke a barrier today by just double poling, it wouldn’t have been possible if the final stretch had been longer, says the Norwegian.

Trond Iverson feel that classic sprint courses should be hard enough so that one has to use classic skis.

He does not regret that he didn’t ski with skate skis like the other three racers in the final.

-It was my chance. It is there that I have my strength (striding) and I needed to try it, says the sprinter who was ecstatic about the spectators on the home course.

-When we skied around after the race I was able to see how many had actually shown up. No other race could match the atmosphere here, says the 28 year old.

Still, he isn’t sure sprint races should be held in downtowns.

-It is where most people will come to spectate but there will be very few courses that will be good for classic races. They will just be too flat says the sprint specialist.

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