Second competition day of the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer, for today’s Sprint in Free technique, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo from Norway had recovered and he was back on home soil around the Birkebeineren stadium in Lillehammer. He had pulled out of yesterdays 10km interval start after not feeling well prior to the start. The currently seemingly unbeatable Klæbo paced from the qualifications to the finals and hit his 52nd victory in the World Cup with fantastic skiing. The men’s final consisted of highly decorated Sprinters – from Klaebo to Federico Pellegrino, the elite Sprinter from the Italian team – as well as the next generation skiers with Edvin Anger from Sweden and Norwegian Ansgar Evensen. Johannes Klaebo could not be caught despite Federico Pellegrino playing his card of experience and strength all right: “Chicco” Pellegrino hit the second place before Even Northug ensured his 2nd ever World Cup podium.
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