Doube victory for Russia
The Russian skied the demanding course in 37:50min and finished clearly 20,7 seconds ahead of his team mate Stanislav Perliak. The third spot took Gennadiy Matviyenko from Kazachstan, 21,3 seconds behind the winner.
Skoblelev started slowly but increased his speed in the middle of the race and took over the lead. Perliak impressed by a strong finished where he took the second place on the last 200m ahead of Matviyenko.
Vladislav Skobelev (RUS)
It was my first race at the U23 Championships and first victory. I am very happy. Track was very well prepared. It was tough fight with others. Conditions were not easy. With wind and snowfall it was very challenging. Conditions were same for everybody. On January 24th it was my birthday. My coach told me I have to give a present to me myself. I am very thankful for his support.
Stanislav Perliak (RUS)
It was simply the Russian day today. I am happy for the whole team. Beautiful day as Gennadiy took bronze. I started a bit slowly at the beginning and built up the pace. Fans along the course were just perfect. They were chearing and shouting and created great atmosphere. I must say I was lucky with the snowfall. You know, when I finished my race it started to snow. It slowed down those who were still on course.
Results are available here.