Markus Weeger (GER) outclassed the rest of the start field in the 10 km + 10 km Pursuit race at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Otepää and came in the finish with a gap of 19.5 seconds on runner up of Russia Konstantin Kuleev. Perttu Hyvarinen of Finland took bronze. It is the second medal for Weeger at this year’s Junior World Championships after finishing second in the 10 km free technique race.
Start field remained quite compact the whole 10 km classic part. About 20 skiers came together to the exchange zone. In the first free technique 3.3 km loop Weeger tested couple of times his opponents. In the second loop the Weeger attacked in the uphill and nobody could respond to his speed. Weeger increased the gap constantly and came to finish with a clear margin.
Markus Weeger (GER) “I felt very good at the beginning. The wind was very strong, but the race was amazing. The win was a surprise for me; I didn’t understand how I won. I didn’t have any tactics for this race, I just wanted to see, how does it go and now I am a champion. When I saw that I was 25 seconds in front, I knew I was a winner. “