Jörgen Aukland wins Vasaloppet
Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 2 Mar 2008, 11:41
Published: 02 Mar 2008 11:41 GMT+01:00
Jörgen Aukland was followed over the finishing line in Mora by his brother Anders in 4:17:14 seconds. The first Swede to complete the race was Jerry Ahrlin in third in a time of 4:18:03.
Aukland pulled away from his brother at the Oxberg checkpoint and led for the final 30 kilometres, holding on to win for the first time. He has previously come runner-up twice and third three times.
When asked by SVT how long he had dreamed of winning the race Aukland replied:
"Since I was six years old and watched the race on television in Norway."
As Jörgen Aukland was the first to pass a newly built viaduct near the end of the race it will now bear his name.
Aukland is the third Norwegian to have won the Vasalopp race, according to SVT.