Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won Saturday morning the 10km classic start of the World Cup Cross Country Finals group. A second victory over the Plains of Abraham after the sprint on Friday.
With a time of 25: 53.6, she outscored Norway’s Therese Johaug (25: 51.8) and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (25: 53.1).
“It was great, my skis were perfect and I had fun,” said Stina Nilsson. “I do not know what to expect tomorrow, but I will probably not be alone,” she continued.
Red bibs holder Therese Johaug suffered her first loss of the season on distance events. She tried to get ahead of her rivals, but Nilsson and Oestberg followed her to the end. Despite her efforts, the Norwegian was beaten on the finish line by Nilsson after a frantic sprint. “I had a very good race. It was difficult towards the end, I never did a sprint like this. There was a lot of ice on the track. It was difficult to increase the distance, “she explained.
On the Canadian side, Emily Nishikawa was the best with 38th place in 27: 47.7. Quebec’s Katherine Jones-Stewart was 52nd (29: 18.8). A fall in the second lap in the descent made her lose several places, but she was satisfied with her race in difficult conditions. “I lost a lot of momentum and it took me a while to get back to my rhythm. I caught up with some girls at the end, but I had to be patient otherwise you can lose a lot of energy to go over immediately, “she said.
The last event, the 10 km freestyle, is held Sunday at 9 am