Absent from the end-of-season sprints because of the Covid and a need to rest following his raid from the Olympic Games, Johannes Klaebo has resumed his march as emperor. With the yellow bib of the title holder of the World Cup winner, the Norwegian dominated the qualifications this Friday morning of the classic sprint in Ruka (Finland).
He beat his three compatriots (Golberg, Wiig and Valnes) and the French Lucas Chanavat, best blue in the exercise (2”31 behind Klaebo). Wearing the red jersey of winner of the small sprint globe in 2022, Richard Jouve ranked in 18th place (at 4”38), just ahead of his young teammate Jules Chappaz (20th at 4”75). On the other hand, Renaud Jay and Théo Schely will not be at the start of the quarter-finals from 12:30 p.m.
Among the women, the French Léna Quintin did not qualify for the final draw either (42nd) while the qualifications were dominated by the Norwegians Ane Stenseth and Tiril Weng.