Norwegian skier Hans Christer Holund commented on the tactics of the Russian skiers during the mass start at sixth stage of the “Tour de Ski” in Italian Val di Fiemme. His words are quoted by Dagbladet.
“They are stupid like a cork. We hear on the last lap that Sergei Ontogenetical, and then only four Russian athletes closely go forward and boom! I laughed, despite the fact that tired. Funny situation,” said a skier.
Ustyugov was only 16th in the mass start, falling behind the leader, Norwegian Johannes, Clabo 42 seconds. The best of the Russians was Alexander Bolshunov, who took third place (+2.6 seconds). Andrey Larkov was fourth (+3.4 seconds), Maxim Vylegzhanin — the fifth (+4,6), Andrew Abakarov — sixth (+6,3), Denis Spicav — eighth (+27,1), Andrey Melnichenko — 11-m (+31,6)
In the overall standings “Tour de Ski” is in the lead, Clebo. Ustyugov, ranked second, behind the leader by 1 minute 20.4 seconds.