Didn’t say anything about the depth. I am comparing the ski speed of someone like Herrmann, who is consistently one of the fastest on the tracks to what she produced in xc, and how that translates. You think that Herrmann would now, at 34, be able to podium in a xc distance (or sprint for that matter) World Cup, when she only did it a couple times at 24? You can visually see the speed differential. Roiseland couldn’t keep up with her in the mixed relay, and she’s also a top 10 skier in biathlon. Granted it’s suspicious as heck how she’s missed most of the season and boom, in shape for world’s, as if nothing happened. That’s a different topic though.
It sure would be great to see 90+ skiers in every xc World Cup. Look at a number of races this season on the World Cup, not even 40 skiers in the women’s division, and barely 60 in the men’s. FIS for sure is incompetent, and the more Scandinavian influence it has, the more biased it will become.
If that (losing what? some 24 seconds to Herrmann Wick on the last lap) is "suspicious" and "as if nothing happened" you have hardly paid attention to what Røiseland is capable of when truly in form.