It’s the return of habits on the World Cup circuit. Even if he had announced that he was less well at the start of the season after a few physical glitches, Johannes Klaebo did classic in style and manner this Friday in Ruka (Finland). Untouchable in this first sprint of the season, the double Olympic champion in the discipline accelerated from the first bump in the final to walk to the finish and allow himself to greet the public.
Behind him, his compatriots Even Northug (2nd at 1”66) and Paal Goldberg (3rd at 1”94) complete this first podium of the season where there are no Frenchmen, which was the good habit of winter last.
This time, Lucas Chanavat – out in the quarter-finals after 5th place in qualifying -, then Richard Jouve, despite the red jersey of the winner of the specialty globe on his back and eliminated in the half with a dry engine in the final stretch, remained at the dock, leaving the young Jules Chappaz to gain experience .
A first final for Chappaz
At 23 and for his 12th start in the World Cup, the former world junior distance champion joined a World Cup final for the first time in his career. Well placed on the first part of the race on Klaebo’s skis, he finally cracked at the end, still signing his best result (6th).
Among the women, Sweden also resumed their habits by winning by Emma Ribom ahead of her compatriot Johanna Hagstroem (2nd at 0”91) and the Norwegian Tiril Weng (3rd at 0”93). Winner of the specialty globe last year, the Swede Maja Dahlqvist fell and could not join the fight.