Halfvarsson go out as the eleventh man in today's pursuit which ends the Tour de Ski, 3.40 after leader John Høsflot Klæbo. Despite the fact that it is only nine kilometres that will be completed belong to stage the world's toughest.
it All depends on the 495 agonizing metres of altitude that are between the start and goal. The spectacular final climb up the Alpe Cermis has cracked many riders, but Halfvarsson looking forward to testing what he can do.
" It's going to be damn hard. But you have to try to see it as a fun challenge, it is quite fun to challenge yourself. Once you take in the goals so you are quite happy with what you have done, that has been through it all. To finish with such a slope, it takes on the forces, " says Calle Halfvarsson.
in the sprint races and too many lost seconds on the distansloppet in Toblach makes Halfvarsson is a good bit behind the top of the Tour de Skis summary. But he hopes, in all cases, be able to make a good finish.
" I know that if I have a good day so I can go very well uphill, it's something that I have received the receipts for during the summer when we run intervals on the rollerskis in long slopes down to the Alps. Then, of course, especially here, it is very steep. But on a good day I can go at least as fast as the best up this hill.
fluctuated a bit up and down for the 29-year-old. But Halfvarssons own feeling is much better than previous seasons.
" the Body responds very good. Sometimes you have races where it is a little heavier, but then it is just to sweep it. In previous years I have perhaps allowed the races that have gone bad to lug around a bit too long, and I have taken it in the next contest. I have been better at.
It promises well for the season's big goal: world CUP in Seefeld in late February–march.
" Absolutely." It is the world CUP which is my big goal and it feels like I'm on the road to something good there. It is to be hoped that it will be so also.