David Goldstrom's hatred of Marita Kramer is as transparent as Winterton's love of Jess Diggins.
I always felt the TDS was them trying to give cross country a version of the 4 hills tournament at that time of the year. It takes too much out of the athletes though so if you moved the World's earlier, I'd imagine loads will skip it (particularly the Norwegians).In theory, yes, the World Championships could start earlier, but FIS loves its Tour de Ski. If the worlds began before the Alpine Worlds, few athletes from the Scandinavian countries would participate in the Tour. That can already be seen during the olympics years to some extent, and it could be even more extreme.
I, personally, highly dislike the Tour. I would prefer it being dropped from the calendar altogether. FIS doesn't need to imitate cycling.
I think Klæbo is very interested in showing what he can do in distance races. Especially 50km. His focus is not on the sprint, but to develop his endurance. But I think he still has some work ahead of him to get the results. The conditions with the warm weather doesn't favor heavy guys like Bolsjunov or Iversen. It might open up for some surprises on the 50km as it will be hard to keep up the pace for a long time.Golberg probably deserves the spot over Klaebo based on his results. How short/easy is the lap? If the race isn't selective I can kinda see why they'd pick Klaebo, but the guy has never delivered in a Skiathlon in the world cup, so it's still a bit questionable. I guess that could mean that Goldberg could take Klaebo's spot in the 50km classic race, I doubt that Klaebo will be doing anything but the team sprint and the relay after the Skiathlon.
Norwegian TV showed Johaug drilling her ski change during the warm up. Not surprised if this was a part of the plan.Well, that's one way to stop Johaug just skiing away from everyone I guess...
...and then the difference maker could end up being that Ebba had more trouble clipping out of her classic skis.
That’s where I think I the likes of Holund and Krüger will try to break away or at least push the pace. If the Russians have good skis as their women did during the classic portion, they would be smart to try and keep the pace high during the first half, and try to hurt the Norwegians, particularly Iversen and Klæbo, who are by far the best finishers of the 5 that are racing today.Even if it's obviously impossible to extrapolate the race one to one, the main climb on the free lap seems long and and difficult enough to be a difference maker in the men's race.
Those with less travel this season seem to have done very well so far, much fresher legs. Claudel skied well in the tour and then only raced the Falun distance races (apart from a national race in La Clusaz two weeks after the Tour).Fossesholm and Claudel could get a medal in the 15m Skating race, they were really strong in the skating part of the skiathlon.
A great showing by Stadlober.
Hennig only 29th, 3 Italians ahead of her, I did not expect that.