A race for the strong
The Norwegians did not miss this new meeting with their public by placing six cross-country skiers in the Top 10 of this very difficult event. A 30km, a format that has become rare on the world circuit, for the strong and skating specialists.
Full of confidence after his success in the 15km and his 2nd place on the Lillehammer Mini-Tour, Sjuer Roethe took the start to strike a big blow.
Undoubtedly in the best form of his life, the thirty-something settles down among the best intermediate times with his friends Sundby and Toenseth.
As the kilometers go, it becomes more and more urgent and will end up pressing on the accelerator from halfway through the race. Then he will impress everyone before coming to conclude his recital with a magnificent victory.
Roethe completed his 30km in 1h09’53, third career success, with 35sec, it’s not nothing, ahead of Martin Sundby, yet master in this kind of prolonged exercise.
The Russians made the match
With 6 Norwegians and 4 cross-country skiers from Russia in the Top 10, the other nations hardly existed at this Beitostolen event.
If Bolshunov, 7th and new leader of the general, slower in skating than in classic, did not have the weapons to play the Top 3, his teammate Andrey Melnichenko had the fund to achieve this small feat.
He ranks third 49sec behind Roethe and obtains his first career bouquet.
Belov, Holund, Krueger, Spitsov, Haga and Toenseth complete the Top 10.
Clément Parisse first founder “rest of the world”
11th in the 15km of Lillehammer, the founder of Megève signs today the same accounting result. A new 11th place, even more difficult to obtain in this demanding format.
Very motivated, confident in his possibilities, Parisse had a really good race. He gave everything before finishing completely exhausted at 1min41 from the winner.
The icing on the cake, he finished first in the ranking “excluding Norway and Russia”, which is no small feat and gives you the very high level of his performance.
Jean-Marc Gaillard, first in the scratch last week, is also in the game.
Despite the weight of the years, the veteran of the France team remains a sure bet, a great champion who ends his 30km in 14th place.
We will see him again tomorrow on the relay, or the Habs will have a good card to play, with Parisse, with Backscheider, 25th today, and a 4th man to appoint.
Duvillard, for his comeback, is ranked 33rd. Lapierre 42nd, Tiberghien 46th and Tarantola 49th.
The complete ranking HERE
The general rankings of the World Cup HERE
Photo : Nordic Focus