Klaebo on course for Ruka Triple as Bjoergen comes back to form

Klaebo on course for Ruka Triple as Bjoergen comes back to form
By Sportsbeat

25/11/2017 at 14:56

Johannes Høsflot Klaebo continued his storming start to the new cross-country World Cup season by making it two wins from two at the Ruka triple in Finland.

Having won the 1.4km classic sprint on Friday, Klaebo won the 15km interval start classic by a massive 15.3 seconds from compatriot Didrik Toenseth.

Finland’s Iivo Niskanen gave the home crowd something to cheer with a third place, just 2.4s behind Toenseth, while Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov was fourth and Alexey Poltoranin fifth.

The result leaves Klaebo convincingly in the lead of both the Ruka Triple and overall World Cup standings, while the women’s triple event is led by Charlotte Kalla after she finished second in the 10km interval start classic.

Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took the win, though, marking a stunning turnaround in form from Friday’s 1.4km sprint classic, where she finished 41st.

Bjoergen, a six-time Olympic champion and five-time overall World Cup winner, won the race by 9.02s, with Sweden’s Kalla in second and Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg just 0.43s further back in third.

Heidi Weng made it three Norwegians in the top four, with Teresa Stadlober of Austria rounding out the top five.

That result sees Bjoergen leading the distance World Cup standings, Sweden’s Stina Nilsson atop the overall World Cup ladder and Kalla leading the Ruka Triple with just the 10km pursuit freestyle to come on Sunday.

Sportsbeat 2017