Cross-country skier Mika Vermeulen also reached first place at the World Cup in Gällivare. The 24-year-old Styrian moved up to eighth place, a week after taking fourth place in Ruka. Paal Golberg claimed victory over 10 km in individual start mode on Saturday. The Norwegian won ahead of his three compatriots, Brit Andrew Musgrave, two other teammates and Vermeule.
The former combiner from Ramsau, Norway, achieved his second-best World Cup result, 11.1 seconds behind Golberg, also in arctic temperatures. He missed the first podium finish by an Austrian athlete since 2009 by six seconds. Christian Hoffmann, who was later banned for doping, achieved this in third place in the 15 km race in Lahti.
The women’s 10 km race in Gällivare went to world champion Jessie Diggins (USA) ahead of three Swedes. Teresa Stadlober was not present at the start, instead training at home. Austria is not represented in Sunday’s relays. Next weekend in Östersund there is another classic sprint and a 10 km roller skating race on the programme.