As expected, Therese Johaug is the sovereign winner of the first stage of the Ski Tour in Sweden and Norway. Over ten kilometers in free technique in interval start, only the 0.6 kilometer split did not show the best time for Johaug, but the Czech Katerina Janatova (CZE, Fischer ***) quickly noticed that she started out far too quickly. After five kilometers, Johaug was 20 seconds ahead and extended her lead in the second lap to up to 47 seconds - the arc of suspense for the entire Ski Tour drops significantly after the first race. For almost the entire race, Heidi Weng was in second position behind Johaug, which she also saved just ahead of Ingvild Flugstad Østberg after crossing the line. Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer ***) missed the podium in fourth by about six seconds. Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer ***), who had held the lead for a long time, finished fifth. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS, Fischer ***) has already lost too much time in the overall ranking as tenth.
=> 10km F Östersund (SWE)