Sundby battles his way to Lillehammer tour win

04 December 2016 12:52
Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR
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Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway was back in familiar territory winning his fourth consecutive early season 3-Day Tour. He has now won twice in Lillehammer and twice in Ruka in tour events since 2013.  Sundby began the day in 7th position and quickly joined a group of 12 skiers in pursuit of Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson who led the tour after the first two stages. Despite a good fight Halfvarsson was caught after the 10 km mark.  Sundby made his move on the last lap on the longest climb of the course and scattered the lead pack.   Sundby was well clear of the field and cruised home to win by 2.3 seconds.  Twenty year old Johannes Klaebo continued to impress with a second place finish behind Sundby just ahead of Finland's Matti Heikkinen who was the day's fastest on time.  Halfvarsson hung tough and finished 5th on the stage with the 21st fastest time of the day over minute behind Heikkinen's time. 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MEN - 15km Pursuit C 

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud 1984 NOR 39:36.8
2. KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot 1996 NOR +2.3
3. HEIKKINEN Matti 1983 FIN +2.7
4. IVERSEN Emil 1991 NOR +3.6
5. HALFVARSSON Calle 1989 SWE +6.3

Final Tour standings available HERE.  

FASTEST OF THE DAY

1. HEIKKINEN Matti FIN 38:37.8
2. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR +9.2
3. GOLBERG Paal NOR +11.9
4. KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot NOR +14.1
5. IVERSEN Emil NOR +17.7

Fastest of the Day results available HERE. 

Overall World Cup Standings
SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR    350 pts
HALFVARSSON Calle SWE          316
KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot NOR 304

Distance World Cup Standings
1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 140 pts
2. IVERSEN Emil NOR                   133
3. NISKANEN Iivo FIN                    130