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Skiing - 18. February 2020.

Norway starts into Ski Tour 2020 with a full podium sweep

Therese Johaug had a dream start into the 9 days FIS Ski Tour 2020. The current Overall World Cup leader crossed the finish line +45 seconds ahead of her team colleague Heidi Weng. Johaug led at all intermediate times and remained untouchable for her successors.

The first competition day of the FIS Ski Tour 2020 began with the 10km F in the skistadium of Östersund (SWE). 

"It was a hard course with not many possibilities to rest and you had to try to keep the speed all the time. But it was fun with the many people who cheered on us."Second placed Heidi Weng (NOR)

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg completed the Norwegian triple podium, finishing 1.7 seconds behind Weng and 5.8 seconds before Ebba Andersson from Sweden. Young Andersson placed herself in between the Norwegian podium and their team colleagues Ragnhild Haga (5th) and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (6th). With Krista Pärmäkoski on the 7th rank, a third nation comes in the ranking. Jessica Diggins and Rosie Diggins from the US and Natalia Nepryaeva from Russia bring the final diversity into the top 10.

The point standing bib as well as the Overall Ski Tour 2020 bib also goes to Therese Johaug.

Therese Johaug (NOR)
„I know that the girls behind me they are going together and I am in the front and have to fight for myself so this is quite hard. I have decided that in this tour I will take day by day. My goal is to fight for the first place in Trondheim. There are two Sprint races so I have to fight for the points there."

Heidi Weng (NOR)
"It was a hard course with not many possibilities to rest and you had to try to keep the speed all the time. But it was fun with the many people who cheered on us. I feel better in skating so I dont know how to set my expectations for tomorrow’s classic race. The Tour waits with long races and so I decided to take day by day.“

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR)
„It was for sure a really good start for Norway with a triple podium and that is an incredible feeling. I feel really good myself. Of course Therese is in her own class but I am satisfied with my own race. Of course it was brutal to come up to 5km and to hear that you are 17 seconds behind.“

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