After strong qualification
Swiss duo without a chance at the start of the cross-country skiing World Cup
After a strong qualification at the World Cup opener in Finland, the Swiss cross-country duo Fähndrich and Grond only came in 17th and 22nd respectively. The Swede Emma Ribom won the women’s race and the Norwegian Hösflot Klaebo the men’s race.
Nadine Fähndrich (right) finished 17th at the World Cup opener in Finland.
For the Swiss cross-country team there is nothing to get at the World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. In the sprint in classic technique, Nadine Fähndrich and Valerio Grond are eliminated in the quarter-finals.
The U23 world champion from Davos and the 27-year-old from Lucerne raised expectations in the far north with the sixth and seventh best times in qualifying. In the first knockout round, however, both missed progress. In the end, Fähndrich and Grond finished 17th and 22nd respectively. Janik Riebli, the second Swiss starter, was 1.85 seconds behind the top 30 in qualifying as 42nd.
The Swede Emma Ribom and the Norwegian Johannes Hösflot Klaebo celebrated as the first winners of this World Cup winter. While 24-year-old Ribom triumphed in the World Cup for the first time, five-time Olympic champion Klaebo already achieved his 49th World Cup victory.