Moser and Föttinger only out in the sprint quarterfinals

ÖSV cross-country skiers Benjamin Moser and Michael Föttinger were eliminated in the skating sprint in Lillehammer on Saturday after qualifying in the quarter-finals. Moser, 17th in the first knockout round, lost out as fourth in the six-man heat and finished 19th, Föttinger, after a fall, finished sixth in his quarterfinals 30th. Both had good World Cup points, as these recently up to 50th place.

“I’m very satisfied. The prologue in particular was really good, I was able to keep up a high tempo right to the end. Unfortunately, tactically I didn’t do well in the quarter-finals, and maybe even a little more would have been possible,” said Moser. “I got off to a great start in the quarter-finals and felt really good. At the first corner, however, I took too much risk unnecessarily. Then it just goes extremely fast and you’re lying in the snow,” explained Föttinger.

The Norwegian Johannes Hösflot Kläbo secured victory for the fourth time in the young season. As in Ruka, the Swede Emma Ribom won the women’s competition without an Austrian. Teresa Stadlober and Mika Vermeulen will not be back until Sunday in the 20 km mass start in the classic technique.

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