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Ronnie Maas Pedersen showing his descending skills in front of a spectacular background.
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Endurance is surely very important in this event but technical skiing skills are well found here too.
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Up, up, and up we go, and ideally swiftly as demonstrated nicely by eventual winner Matheo Jacquemoud.
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With full focus ready for the upcoming descent.
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Norwegian Anders Joergensen on the way to 7th place.
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Sometimes nature really dwarfs you.
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Norwegian Sveinung Ekse was the runner-up today in 5:55:02 - 30 minutes behind the winner.
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Carrying a bit of speed on the way down of this mountain.
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A pack of athletes pushes on - something you don't see very often, or at least not for very long here.
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The course is well marked and the conditions were favorable.
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Watch out, watch out.
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What comes down, must go up again. More than 4000 meters of elevation gain and that is more than 13,123 feet.
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Moving stylishly towards the finish.
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The impressive Svein Vestoel shows how it is done.
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The sun is setting and it is very peaceful here.