Norway ends the JWSC with gold in men's 4x5 km relay
The FIS Nordic JR&U23 World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Trentino, Italy, have come to an end today with men;s 4x5 km relay.
Russia, France and Sweden led in the classic part, whereas the Norwegians and Finns seemed to suffer. As the change over from classic style to skating took place the Russian Vakhrushev attacked straight away with the Frenchman Lapierre following closely on his ski tails. Hoel (NOR) caught up to and passed the Swede Ruus who was clearly in difficulty.
On the last leg the Russian, Frenchman and the Norwegian kept close together and so the cat and mouse to see who would take gold began. In the final 1,5km Eirik Sverdrup Augdal launched the first attack at the end of a long uphill drag and both Chervotkin (RUS) and Tiberghien (FRA) were surprised and suddenly put under a lot of pressure. However, his breakaway was only momentary because on the last climb both the Russian and the Frenchman bridged the gap.
Over the final sprint, Augdal found the best line and seized gold, ahead of Tiberghien who surprised Chervotkin at the line to grab the silver by a tenth of a second.
1. Norway (Heimdal, Reistad, Hoel, Augdal) 53:36.6
2. France (Jouve, Chauvin, Lapierre, Tiberghien) +1.0
3. Russia (Bakanov, Kaygorodov, Vakhrushev, Chervotkin) +1.1
Complete results HERE.