Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Everything looked like another triumph of the dominating athlete this winter: Calle Halfvarsson started 28 seconds ahead and soon extended his lead up to 48 seconds while behind him a big Norwegian group with some other athletes was built. But in the second lap the overall leader ran out of steam. His lead decreased more and more and the in the group became faster thanks to Martin johnsrud Sundby. When they almost caught him up, they slowed down and kept him on a long leash until they finally caught him up on bottom of the long uphill. Already since the exit of the stadium Martin Johnsrud Sundby sped up and he often turned around after he has escaped alone. His first chaser in this moment was Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) who saved many energies inside the group before. Martin Johnsrud Sundby was unstoppable for everyone, he took home his success. "I felt good in the uphill of lat two and I noticed that some others had problems. Calle did not have the best grip", Sundby said. "Inside the stadium I gave everything. I knew I would have to bring the others in difficulties. But I was very tired on top of the uphill during the final lap." Behind him Johannes Høsflot Klæbo was the strongest inside the stadium and captured second spot. Emil Iversen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) finished fourth followed by Calle Halfvarsson who recovered and edged out his compatriot Marcus Hellner. Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) came in eighth ahead of Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer).
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Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) didn't have her best day and lost the contact to Østberg (NOR) who started five seconds earlier. In the end she finished fourth, 57 seconds behind. An excellent race had Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) from start position 27, who finished with the same gap as before in fifth position. Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixth followed by Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer) was ranked tenth.
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