The traditional start to the cross-country skiing season took place in Kuusamo, Finland. After a lot of hard training and intensive preparations during the summer months, the nervousness among the athletes, trainers and racing services was clearly felt.
Sadly, the winter weather had not arrived, even in the far north and this meant that the competitions had to be held on shortened trails.
One of the spectacular moments was certainly the sprint victory of Alexander Bolshunov who won over Klaebo. Klaebo seemed to be the clear winner but as he was coasting along the last few metres, Bolshunov overtook him, much to Klaebo’s great disappointment.