By Johan Trygg
After this weekend's La Diagonela and the Challengers events Les Belles Combes in France, Dolomitenlauf in Austria and Östersund Ski Marathon in Sweden, there have been lots of skiers climbing and dropping in the SC ranking.
The top quartet remains the same: Andreas Nygaard, Team Ragde Eiendom is in the lead with 39,991,552 points followed by his teammate Tord Asle Gjerdalen with 39,280,242 points, Britta Johansson Norgren, Lager 157 Ski Team, has 38,737,847 points and Morten Eide Pedersen, Team Kaffebryggeriet, 37,939,543.
Behind the first four, Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Koteng, the outstanding winner of La Diagonela, moves from 8th to 5th in the ranking with 37,569,045 points. Vetle Thyli, Team Kaffebryggeriet, takes one step up to 10th place. Lina Korsgren, Team Ramudden, drops out of the top ten after missing La Diagonela due to illness and is now in 12th place.
This also means that the trio Øyvind Moen Fjeld, Lager 157 Ski Team, Katerina Smutna, Ed System Bauer Team, and Tore Bjørseth Berdal, Team Koteng, all drop one step but are still in top ten.
If we look further down, there are mostly small changes. Notable is that Chris Jespersen, Team Koteng, moves from 23 to 19 after his impressive victory at La Diagonela. Max Novak, Team Ramudden, 9th at La Diagonela, climbs 12 steps from 88 to 76.
Three Pro Team Athletes move into the top 100. Ida Dahl, Team Ramudden, 6th at La Diagonela, from 106 to 94. Pawel Klisz, Ed System Bauer Team, goes from 104 to 96 and Terhi Pollari, Skimarathon Team Austria, climbs from 102 to 97.
You can see the changes when you look at the SC Ranking list where green (going up) and red arrows (going down) mark the changes.
The SC Ranking is open for all participants in any Visma Ski Classics race, either Pro Tour or Challengers event, including all age groups, gender and performance levels.
The points are calculated based on the percentual time a skier is behind the winning time in his or her respective gender with an exponential drop of points. At a Pro Tour event, the winning man and woman both receive 2.000.000 points, and at a Challenger event, the winners collect 500.000 points.
Each skier can include the results from his or her best 20 races within 24 months, and the best skier, regardless of gender, with the most collected points takes the number one spot in SC Ranking. There are also podium bonus points awarded to the top three skiers in each gender; a Pro Tour event winner gets 200.000 points, 2nd place brings 100.000 points and 3rd place awards 40.000 points.
You can personally check the SC Ranking list here. By joining the Visma Ski Classics family on MyPages, you can also be ranked among these top skiers and start collecting personal points, pins and many other perks that are offered to the members of the club.