the VAL DI FIEMME (Dagbladet): Sergey Ustjugov was number two in the gc before today's stage of the Tour de Ski, and was seen as John Høsflot Klæbos perhaps the biggest challenge.
And the Russian marked him positively along the way in the race in Val di Fiemme, where he led after five kilometres. Gradually, however, the seasoned runner to get the tough and 2.5 kilometres before the finish he had finished almost 20 seconds behind the Klæbo and co. The goal was the Norwegian 22-year-old 42 seconds in front of Ustjugov, and be able to stretch my arms in the air after having increased it in the summary.
Before Sunday's decisive leg, he is all over one minute and 21 seconds in front of Ustjugov, which is still the closest challenger.
however, What turns heads is the lack of help the Russian got from his countrymen when he started to drop tetfeltet.It's funny
For when Ustjugov no longer was able to hang out with, there were the other russians, and not Klæbo and the norwegians, who set the pace in front.
They is stupid like bread, then. We get to hear on the sisterunden that Ustjugov release and then only comes the four russians up in tight, and "boom!". I just had to laugh inside of me, even though I was tired, " says Hans Christer Holund to the Newspaper. He ended as number seven in the finish, 13 seconds behind Klæbo.See Klæbos maktdemonstrasjon
the russians ' advances ensured that luka down to the Ustjugov increased, and their foremost men in the distances sailed behind.
I don't know what to say. Everyone hears the "Ustjugov release" and then it's suddenly four men there. It's funny, grins Holund.Defends tactics
The goal came Russian runners at 3-6.-place, with Aleksandr Bolsjunov, which is their second sammenlagtutfordrer foremost in the Russian field.
Russia's coach, Mark Cramer, will not take the criticism after his teammates stuck from Ustjugov and reject that it was a tactical blunder.
- It is normal. We have another runner, Bolsjunov, who also can fight about sammenlagtseieren. He would seize the opportunity. It is normal. If one fails to follow, have another try, believes the German coach.
He sympathizes, however, with Ustjugov.Klæbo is the russians ' major motivation
He will probably be angry at himself that he can't fight for first place. But he is only a man. You do not always manage to do what they want.Ironic Nossum
Before today's race had the russians announced their plans to take down Klæbo and told, among other things, to Dagbladet, that they used the Norwegian as motivation.
Norway's coach, Eirik Myhr Nossum, however, little of the planned Russian offensive.
- I misunderstood the NRK article yesterday, and that it was us they were running a train against. I take the criticism that I read it for the poor, " says Nossum ironic, and comes with a small prick against the Russian tactic.
I stood and shouted when Ustjugov left off and should give information about that now we have up and running, but luckily there were some others who took it, as we released, he says to Dagbladet.Desperately Weng would stop: - It is the sickest I have been with on