Italy took their first gold medal in U20 men Mass Start race
FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships continued with cross country U20 men 30 kilometers
classic style competition. Luca Del Fabbro from Italy won the race. Norwegian Haavard Moseby
caught the silver medal just after him and third was Cyril Faehndrich from Switzerland. The final
sprint showed the strongest ones again because all the top three men where inside of 0.5 second.
Competition was also unforgettable because first nine athletes were also from nine different
“Today’s track was really difficult. I had a good feeling and good condition. Thank you my team for
the great skis. I wanted to win and I did it. Very perfect day. My tactic was to stay at the first
position in the last kilometer because I knew that I am having a good sprint”, the World Champion
from Italy said with the smile.
Silver medalist Moseby was also really happy with his position today. -15 degrees wasn’t too bad
for the athlete, even though he felt some cold in his face and knees.
“I am very satisfied with today’s competition. It was a cold race, my first 30 kilometer ever. In the
start it was quite a slow pace. Last two laps were lot faster and at the last uphill I gave everything
and in last curve to stadium I took two passes. I tried to beat Luca in the sprint but he was to
strong but I am satisfied with my result second place today”, silver medalist told after race.
Faehndrich supposed that he had the best skis of the whole group.
“At the begin it was really hectic. I tried to chill and flex in the background of the hill. On the fifth
round I said now it’s the start to the race. I went to top ten and on the last uphill I gave everything
I had and at the finish I was third, crazy! I had the perfect skis. I think the best skis in the field.
Thanks to the service team. They said “just sit down and you will go third” happy bronze medalist
Feahndrich told in the press.
The race was a true mass race. In 26.1 kilometers 21 men was still inside 12 seconds. Top three
athletes were little surprised that no one attacked before the end sprint.
Men have still one more competition to go. On Saturday it is a team competition day.
1. Luca Del Fabbro, ITA 1:15:16.7
2. Haavard Moseby, NOR, +0.4
3. Cyril Faehndrich, SUI, +0.5
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