Petter Northug to miss World Cups in Norway, World Cup Final in jeopardy

05 March 2012 17:25
Petter Northug at Marcialonga
Petter Northug at Marcialonga -
FIS

Norwegian fans in Drammen and Oslo are going to be disappointed. Petter Northug will not be neither at the start of World Cup in Drammen nor in Oslo. “It’s clear that Petter will not be competing this weekend in Oslo, the sprint in Drammen will take place without him as well. He has been still struggling with aftereffects of the disease that forced him to withdraw from Vasaloppet,” head coach Vidar Løfshus said to NTB.

Petter Northug was coping with stomach problems during the high altitude at Val Senales and had to go home. Due to his problems he also had to cancel his appearance at Vasaloppet, which was the major goal this season after FIS Tour de Ski.

World Cup Finals in jeopardy, Dario Cologna can secure the title this week

Dario Cologna is in the clear lead of the Overall World Cup standing with 1793 points. Petter Northug is currently second with 1199 points. Devon Kershaw is sitting in third place having collected 1121. There are only 640 points left to win. If Petter Northug will not start in Norway Dario Cologna can start celebrating third Big Crystal Globe (World Cup winner 2009, 2011 and most likely 2012).

World Cup Final kicks off next Wednesday in Stockholm with Royal City Sprint. It remains uncertain if Petter Northug shows up. “Obviously there is some uncertainty about Petter right now. However, there is no doubt Petter wants to defend the runner up position in the Overall World Cup standing. We hope we will see him on his feet next week again,” Løfshus claimed.

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