Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo won his quarterfinal, then his semifinal, and was unbeatable in the final. The 25-year-old surged toward the finish line and won by a handsome margin to his French rivals Richard Jouve and Lucas Chanavat.
“It was an amazing day, and it was really fun to race. The wax techs did a really good job with the skis. And for sure, it was really good to start Tour de Ski in this way,” Klæbo said after the final.
Klæbo also posted the fastest qualifier time, with Jouve in second place and Chavanat in third place.
Sprint F final, men
1. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway, 2:39.04
2. Richard Jouve, France, 2:40.03
3. Lucas Chanavat, France, 2:40.30
4. Erik Valnes, Norway, 2:40.53
5. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, 2:40.85
6. Pål Golberg, Norway, 2:41.05
Defending Tour de Ski champion Jessie Diggins (USA) won the women’s final
Tour de Ski continues in Lenzerheide tomorrow. Stage 2 features a 10km individual start classic race for women and 15km individual start classic race for men.
Check out the Tour de Ski 2021/22 day-by-day schedule and ProXCskiing.com’s predictions for the overall stage race: Who Will Win Tour de Ski?
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FACTS: Tour de Ski 2021/22
- Tour de Ski 2021/22 starts in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on December 28 and concludes in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on January 4.
- The race consists of six stages in eight days. Here are all the Tour de Ski details and the day-by-day schedule
- Tour de Ski 2021/22 is the 16th edition of the brutal stage race. These are the winners from the previous 15 Tour de Ski events.
- The overall winners get 400 World Cup points for the Tour de Ski, which consists of six stages in eight days. Stage winners get 50 World Cup points. Accordingly, there are potentially 700 World Cup points for winning every stage of the Tour de Ski, which would determine the overall World Cup for the season.