Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (NOR) world's best junior in skiathlon - UPDATED
Augdal won the tactical but fast skiathlon in the time of 55:09.6. Chervotkin out sprinted Hoel on the home stretch to grab silver medal.
Junior men skiathlon was a tactical but fast competition. Fourteen athletes skied within 10 seconds before the ski exchange. In the free technique part Johan Hoel took over the initiative and set a high pace. The leading group stretched but no attempt to escape was successful.
In the second last lap Chervotkin crashed with teammate Grigoriev and Norwegians Augdal and Hoel could break away. Chervotkin pushed hard to bridge the gap on the leading group and caught Johan Hoel before the 18.5 km mark.
Augdal dug deep before the last uphill to increase the gap on Hoel and Chervotkin and skied for the first Junior World Champion title in his career. Chervotkin out sprinted Hoel on the home stretch to grab silver medal.
Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (NOR)
It was really good and I had really good skis and I felt good in the skating part. I felt I had a lot of power in the last lap, so I was just pushing. It is really good to step on the podium with another Norwegian. I had a good feeling in the skating part but I did not know how I would go before the race.
Alexey Chervotkin (RUS)
The classic technique part was really good, even though the snow was quite heavy. Unfortunately in the second part I crashed with my fellow athlete Grigoriev losing ground and then I tried to catch up. Eirik was already gone so I concentrated on challenging his teammate. In the end I took a medal and nailed one of my big goals. Now I have high expectations for the race on Sunday because I want to step on the podium then as well.
John Hoel (NOR)
The classic part was really tough and everybody was pushing hard in the uphills. I tried to recover in downhills in order to save some energy and to be in front of the group when we had to ski uphill again. In the skating part the race became a bit tactical and Eirik was the strongest. I’m really happy for him and I’m really satisfied with my third place. My classic skis were slipping a little bit, but I was strong and I managed to win the bronze medal.
1. Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (NOR) 56:09.6
2. Alexey Chervotkin (RUS) +9.9
3. Johan Hoel (NOR) +11.3
4. Olzhas Klimin (KAZ) +20.3
5. Petr Knop (CZE) +33.4
6. Oskar Svensson (SWE) +37.9
7. Evgeniy Vakhrushev (RUS) +51.6
8. Evgeniy Grigoriev (RUS) +57.2
9. Alexander Bakanov (RUS) +57.9
10. Patrick Caldwell (USA) +58.2