Ruka, 25 Nov. – (Adnkronos) – Success number 49 of his career for Johannes Klaebo in the men’s sprint in classic technique which kicked off the World Cup. The twenty-six year-old champion from Trondheim, who on the eve was not in great condition due to a series of physical problems suffered in recent weeks, such as to even question his participation in the Finnish races, instead showed off his ability and above all his his superiority over the competition, commandingly dominating the final six which saw him cross the finish line by a wide margin against the competition, in a sort of Norwegian national championship. In fact, the order of arrival sees Even Northug, Paal Goldberg and Erik Valnes behind Klaebo, with the Swede Calle Halfvarsson fifth and the French Jules Chappaz sixth. Out in the semifinal Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani: the two Valle d’Aosta easily passed the qualifications, passed the quarterfinals without struggling and in the semifinal they only gave way in the final meters, for a seventh and a tenth place. Out in the qualifiers Davide Graz, the third blue at the start.
“It was a decent qualifying – Pellegrino recounts -, as always in recovery in the second part, let’s say it’s now a characteristic of mine. I chose to stay in the lower part of the draw to guarantee myself more rounds, in the quarterfinals it went well, in the semifinals I fought a little too much with Jouve. Let’s say that I more or less followed last year’s performance, I’m satisfied up to a certain point, maybe I could have done something more, but it was a good starting point. Now let’s see how I will behave on the distance tests”. The women’s sprint awarded instead Emma Ribom, the first triumph of her career. The Swede preceded her compatriot Johanna Hagstroem at the finish line, third position for the Norwegian Tiril Weng. Off the podium were the Finnish Jasmi Joensuu, the Norwegian Kristine Skistad and the Swedish Maja Dahlqvist. Caterina Ganz was the only Italian representative on the occasion, and she was unable to overcome the obstacle of qualifying, concluding the morning heat in 34th place. On Saturday 26 November the program includes a 10 km in classic men’s and women’s technique (at 11.00 and 13.30), closing on Sunday 27 November with a 20 km in free technique in men’s and women’s pursuit (at 12.00 and 13.30).