Another race, another record smashed for Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, who won the men’s mass start 15km classic in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on Saturday, claiming his sixth consecutive victory in the 2022-23 Tour de Ski.
The triumph makes the Norwegian cross-country ace the only skier to have won six events in the same tour, beating Russian Sergey Ustiugov’s previous record of five from the 2016-17 season.
“This is one of the toughest races that we do the whole season and it was tough today,” Klaebo said.
“[It was] not that fast for the two first laps, but the pace increased. It was a lot of fun racing out there.”
Klaebo controlled the close battle where no skier managed to break away from the rest of the pack.
Six of them were within a second of each other with 1.5km to go but coming into the home straight, Klaebo showed the fine form he has had the past weeks. The 26-year-old got himself a front position and was impossible to beat as his compatriot, overall World Cup leader Paul Golberg, claimed the second place.
“My plan was just to be in a good position whenever someone was trying to push a little bit harder,” Klaebo said.
“I think that worked quite well, Luckily we had really good skis and the body felt good today as well, so now it’s just one more stage to go.”
Cheered-on by the home crowd, Italy’s Francesco De Fabiani finished third, 0.1 second before Antoine Cyr from Canada. Beating Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson and William Poromaa, who finished fifth and sixth respectively, it was the first time that 24-year-old Cyr made it into a World Cup top-five.