Sjur Røthe was strong on the skating part and finished best of all on the VM tremila with ski betting. The reward was the career’s first individual championship gold.
Russian Aleksandr Bolshunov sprinted to a silver medal, while Martin Johnsrud Sundby took the bronze medal in Seefeld on Saturday.
Røthe thus took the fourth Norwegian cross-country gold of four possible so far in the World Cup.
– Now I have it absolutely beautiful. I’m a little touched, because this was great, said Røthe to NRK in the target area.
– I have to say I really believed I should have a chance to do this. It is difficult to put into words this. I had made a very good plan on the last two kilometers, and it worked well, he added.
National team coach Eirik Myhr Nossum had to interrupt his interview with the state channel. He couldn’t hold back the tears and had to have a few minutes for himself.
Heavy for Klæbo and Iversen
Together with Sundby, Røthe was very fond of the classical part of Saturday’s tremil. From the ski slope, Røthe was second and 2.5 seconds behind French Clément Parisse. Sundby was behind with 4.5 seconds.
On the skate part, Røthe took the command the first few kilometers. Vossingen painted on and got a small hatch. Then it seemed that he was about to get away, but the group behind got up again and sealed the hatch.
When the medals were to be handed out, it stood between Røthe, Bolshunov and Sundby.
– I even got a championship medal, and I’m super happy with that. I am very happy, said Sundby to NRK.
Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Emil Iversen were unable to keep up with the classical part and got destroyed their medal chances there.
Third World Cup medal
Saturday’s Røthe gold came after a season where the vossing has been back in the world after a difficult time in his career. Two world cup victories have been in the run-up to the World Cup.
The 30-year-old has struggled with illness in recent seasons, and a year ago he sat at home while his teammates were fighting for Olympic medals in Pyeongchang.
Prior to the World Cup, Røthe did not hide the fact that a World Cup medal would set a special point for a challenging time.
“In view of the last two seasons, the ring had ended quite well with a World Cup medal now,” he said.
On Saturday it almost went troll in words.
Vossing’s track record included from the relay gold from the World Cup in Val di Fiemme in 2013 and bronze medal on tremila in the same championship.