‘Winning move’ brings Krueger to 50km glory as Norway claim ten top spots in Oslo (NOR)
Three-time world champion Simen Hegstad Krueger was the strongest as Norwegian skiers claiming all ten top spots in the men’s 50km mass start free at the Coop FIS Cross-Country World Cup at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday.
The 29-year-old freestyle expert had won gold medals in the skiathlon, 15km free and 4x10km relay at the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Planica, Slovenia, but not been selected to compete in the men’s 50km classic last Sunday.
Six days later he finished 5.7 seconds before teammate Hans Christer Holund to claim his ninth World Cup victory in front of his home fans in the Norwegian capital – his first at Holmenkollen, the iconic ski venue a short trip from the Oslo’s city centre. Martin Loewstroem Nyenget – the venue’s defending champion from last year – completed the Norwegian clean sweep on the podium.
King Harald V of Norway was at the stadium to greet the winner, who told the royal cross-country fan that “this was fantastic”.
“This race is something special and we know what’s waiting for us up this hills and it’s so much fun to race there even though it hurts in the last laps, and the crowd is amazing,” Krueger said.