Rick Halling of Atomic USA called Atomic’s International Nordic Race staff the day after the Tour de Ski. He was able to get the Director, Peter Jurich, and the Senior Technician, Roman Toferer on a conference phone. Team Atomic’s Tobias Angerer won the inaugural event. Tobias was favored to win the overall title and he followed through with consistent racing. A pleasant surprise for Team Atomic was newcomer Simen Oestensen of Norway who took third overall.