“I’m very satisfied with the prologue, I couldn’t keep up with the high pace in the heat, although the time lag was limited. Now the preparation for the final climb, which I’m looking forward to, begins,” said Stadlober in the last race 3:36 behind leader Jessica Diggins.
The American will start the skating race uphill over a ski slope on Sunday 54 seconds ahead of the Russian Julia Stupak. The third-placed Swede Frida Karlsson had to retire before the sprint. The 21-year-old had crashed on a door frame while doing pull-ups in her accommodation on Tuesday and suffered bruises. After two races in pain, she did not start again on Saturday.
The sprint victories went to Sweden in the absence of the Norwegian team with Linn Svahn and Oskar Svensson. Tour dominator Alexander Bolschunow had to make do with third place behind his Russian teammate Gleb Retiwych after five wins in a row. Last year’s winner Bolschunow is comfortably leading 3:22 minutes ahead of Frenchman Maurice Manificat before the final.