Andrey Larkov

Russia

  • 25.11.1989
  • Russia
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race
Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race

Nordic

Vylegzhanin misses victory in last career race

In snowfall and wind at Oslo's Holmenkollen (NOR), the Russian team returned the favor of the World Championships without a gold medal and finished in first four places: Alexander Bolshunov (RUS) defeated Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer skis and bindings), Andrey Larkov (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished third ahead of Ilia Semikov (RUS, Fischer skis and bindings).

After Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) fought for points for the overall World Cup at the bonus sprints in the first laps against Alexander Bolshunov, and with Alexey Chervotkin (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) even an athlete of his own training group competed against Bolshunov, he was able to change course in the intermediate sprints after falling back of the Norwegian. He collected more World Cup points during the race and took over the World Cup lead at the finish. Today it was not possible for an athlete to open a gap as at the World Championships and it became exciting on the last lap: 3.5 kilometers from the finish, Ilia Semikov tried to break away from the group with fresh skis. His unsuccessful attack countered Maxim Vylegzhanin and led the field in front of Semikov and Larkov. Only Harvey (CAN), Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) and Bolshunov were able to follow the pace of the trio and opened a small lead over the others. Under pace work by Maxim Vylegzhanin they went in the last climbs and followed by Larkov and Bolshunov up the Grattishaugen. The Russian trio was able to escape slightly in the stadium from Harvey, Semikov and Sundby. Maxim Vylegzhanin left a very strong impression on the way to his very last victory inside the stadium - but Alexander Bolshunov did not participate and took the prestigious victory out of the slipstream. Andrey Larkov made it to the podium in front of Ilia Semikov. Barely over the line, the Russians were expected by their cheering team and sparkling champagne and second-placed Vylegzhanin was more celebrated at the end of his career than today's winner. Sixth place went to local hero Martin Johnsrud Sundby, while Mikael Gunnulfsen (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) from the national group finished eighth. Rank ten went to Alexey Chervotkin ahead of Emil Iversen (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots).

=> 50km C Oslo (NOR)