Jörgen Aukland wins Vasaloppet

Jörgen Aukland wins Vasaloppet
Norwegian skier Jörgen Aukland has won the Vasalopp cross-country ski race on Sunday. Aukland won the 90 km race in 4 hours 13 minutes and 45 seconds.

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.