The men’s final in the Tour de Ski classic sprint in Oberstdorf looked more like the Norwegian national championships: Four Norwegians occupy the top four spots in the men’s final on Saturday afternoon.
“The first part of the final was pretty mellow, but then it just exploded on the second half, which it often does in a sprint final. I felt pretty strong in the semifinal, so since there wasn’t much stream to gain by staying behind, I wanted to make sure I was out in the front,” Johannes Høsflot Klæbo says after his stage win.
Klæbo’s stage win was his tenth Tour de Ski stage victory and his 45th World Cup victory. Klæbo also increased his overall Tour de Ski lead He now has more than a minute down to Pål Golberg, Norway, in second place overall.
Alexander Bolshunov of Russia was eliminated in the semifinal, as were his teammates Gleb Retivykh and Alexander Terentev. The latter also received a verbal warning for techniuque violation.
Sprint F final, men
1. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway, 2:54.77
2. Erik Valnes, Norway, 2:55.14
3. Pål Golberg, Norway, 2:58.12
4. Even Northug, Norway, 2:58.16
5. Calle Halfvarsson, Sweden, 2:58.67
6. Francesco De Fabiani, Italy, 3:06.48
Right before the men’s final, Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia beat Sweden’s Johanna Hagström in the women’s sprint final.
Tour de Ski now moves on to Italy for the last two stages of the 2022 Tour de Ski. Stage 5 features a 10km mass start classic race for women and 15km mass start classic race for men.
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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.