Krogh beats Sundby in the final stretch

In 10k mass start in free technique in La Clusaz (FRA) Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) was able to celebrate second place and come back in a good shape after her short break. Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) was able to beat dominant Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) after 16 kilometres mass start. Alexander Legkov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in third followed by Didrik Tønseth (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).

The white band of snow in La Clusaz was relatively narrow, thus there was many jamming and falls in the uphills. One of those situations in the uphill after one kilometre favored opening a gap of the three Norwegians Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Heidi Weng (both NOR) and Marit Bjørgen in fast conditions. During lap two of of five Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) was able to catch up the gap of ten seconds and stay with the Norwegians until the end. During the race quartet extended their gap to more than 30 seconds. First Marit Bjørgen tried to attackof the final lap without success and she was not able to follow when Heidi Weng openend a gap in the final uphill. But she finished on a good second position, Stina Nilsson came in fourth. Fifth went to Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer) followed by Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer skis and boots). Anna Haag (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) finished eighth.

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Everything looked like another victory for Martin Johnsrud Sundby who was very dominant and controlled his opponents. Already after the start he took the lead who avoid any problems on the narrow track. Again there were many problems on the small band of snow and during the race the track was very deep in the corners. Some of the athletes with falls were Didrik Tønseth who slipped away on his inner ski during lap one and Alex Harvey (CAN) who went wide in a corner of lap three. Both were able to come back to the favourite group. After having different paces it became fast in lap six of eight when Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Sergey Ustiugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots), Alexander Legkov, Finn Hågen Krogh and Didrik Tønseth opened a gap. Ustiugov wasn't able to keep their pace and dropped behind in the second group but he also had to fight there. At the beginning of the final lap Martin Johnsrud Sundby looked around on his opponents but in the first uphill Didrik Tønseth attacked and Krogh seemed to have some problems. Until the next uphill he recovered and stayed on the heels of attacking Martin Johnsrud Sundby. Didrik Tønseth wasn't able to followed and finished fourth behind Alexander Legkov. In the fight for the win Finn Hågen Krogh edged out Martin Johnsrud Sundby. Sergey Ustiugov came in fifth out of the second group. Florian Notz (GER, Fischer) finished ninth ahead of Jens Burman (SWE, Fischer).

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