1. After so many years being close to the victory, what made the difference finally to win Vasaloppet this year?
This year we had strong wind from west, and 1cm new snow in the tracks. So, we went outside the tracks, because it was faster, but there is not so much help in staying behind another skier. That’s why Ermil (Vokuev) and I set a high pace from the start. That made it a hard race with qualities like endurance and capacity more importantly than a good finish.
2. The last years it was always a sprint at the end – this year you had a big advantage in the finish. How did you manage to do so?
The conditions are important to a cross country race, and this year’s Vasaloppet was not for the sprinters, that was the biggest difference.
3. When was the moment where you were sure to win Vasaloppet?
I was so tired the last kilometers. I was afraid to fall, but when I came out of Moraparken with only a few hundred meters to go and couldn’t see Anton (Karlsson) or Ermil (Vokuev) behind me... then I finally knew that I will be able to make it.