Toppidrettsveka 2019, Bolshunov folds Klaebo in the grand finale: Pellegrino and Scardoni are among the Azzurri
The long trip to Norway of the Italian national team ends with good performances.With the classic chase races, the 2019 edition of Toppidrettsveka, the Scandinavian show that has seen the Italians train and compete with several of the big names of the movement that will meet in winter, at the end of two full working weeks at Trondheim and surroundings before returning to Italy scheduled for Sunday.
In the case of Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani, already engaged at BlinkFestivalen, we talk about almost a full month in Norway, with the vice Olympic and world champion of the sprint who could smile at the end of the last race.
The final 15 km saw Alexander Bolshunov fold Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo at the end of a great duel that gave the Russian the second success in the event, after the winner of the World Cup instead dominated the classic 24-hour sprint . While the third place went to the other Norwegian Martin Nyenget, Pellegrino instead got a decent 16th place, yielding only in the final after a more than good test considering the enormous workloads of the last weeks.
Among the women, a grand finale that smiles at Norway with Tiril Udnes Weng, the 12 km classic chase winner, ahead with a wide margin (thanks also to the advantage accumulated in the tests of the two previous days) the compatriots Ane Appelkvist Stenseth and Lotta Udnes Weng, while Natalia Nepryaeva sold in the final closing in 4th place. All in all the Italian test is fair, with Lucia Scardoni finishing in 12th place, Caterina Ganz in the 16th, Anna Comarella (2nd in the distance on Friday) in the 17th, Greta Laurent more distanced in 23rd position and Elisa Brocard 29th.