Friday, January 21

Klæbo to the top after a turbulent week

LILLEHAMMER (VG) Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (25) showed his usual superiority again in the sprint. Thomas Helland Larsen (23) took his first podium place.

STRENGTH: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo impressed in Lillehammer.

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The speed at the end of Klæbo was absolutely superb. He was not threatened in the run-up.

Last weekend, Klæbo had to settle for second place behind Russian Aleksandr Terentjev, his first defeat in the sprint for a foreign competitor in three years.

Thomas Helland Larsen (23), who is outside the national team, provided double Norwegian in front of Richard Jouve with the first podium of his career in the World Cup. Thus, he joins the debate about a place in the Olympic squad, where the sprint is freestyle.

– A fantastic achievement by Thomas, says sprint coach Arild Monsen.

Håvard Solås Taugbøl, Lauri Vourinen and Marcus Grate ended up off the podium.

– Strongly made by Klæbo to shake off what he has been through. He is clearly on his way to great form, says NRK expert Torgeir Bjørn.

It’s been storming around Trøndelag this week. Adressa revealed that he did not use the logo of the Ski Association’s sponsor and licensee Viaplay on the suit last weekend.

Klæbo believes the collaboration is problematic for credibility. Klæbo’s plan was for him to continue with the protest, but on Thursday the case took a new turn and he still agreed to use the logo.

The Norwegian Ski Association and Klæbo have “agreed to disagree”. Klæbo was affected the press conference on Thursday, and several ski experts believe that there is a power struggle between the athlete and the association.

Erik Valnes, one of the big pre-favorites, smoked out in the semifinals. Even Northug and Finn Hågen Krogh did the same.

– Stick out, says Valnes to NRK.

Emil Iversen went out in a sprint prologue for the second weekend in a row.

On the women’s side, Maja Dahlqvist won ahead of Jessie Diggins and Tiril Udnes Weng.

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