Get ready to hang on for your dear life in the classic portion of the men’s pursuit race at Worlds tomorrow if you have ambitions to win. Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset's job is to set the pace and weaken the skate specialists, reports Norwegian newspaper VG.
Odd-Bjorn Helmeset won’t care about his own result. His job is to wear down and blow the field open in the classic portion of the 2 x 15-kilometer pursuit race.
The three skiers' goal is to place top six, but they are dreaming about the podium. That will realistically be tough. Skjeldal was third in the Pragelato World Cup pursuit in January and that was Norway’s best ever after the transition to 2 x 15-kilometer from 2 x 10-kilometer. Estil’s best this season in pursuit is 9th and Bjerke a 17th.
Skjeldal was 4th, only 1 second from second place in the last 15-kilometer World Cup skate race only five days before Worlds and was still left out of the Norwegian team for the opening 15-kilometer skate race.