The storylines were many during Thursday’s classic sprint at the 2021 World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. As the backdrop for the racing — the temps were high, the salted course began to breakdown in the final corner, and running uphill with skis on … at lightning speed … was mandatory.
Norway swept the men’s podium with none other than classic kingpin Johannes Høsflot Klæbo taking the win. For certain, as this was on display in both the men’s and women’s racing, Klæbo has helped redefine classic sprinting. Stride if you must, but if you’re weren’t Klæbo-running, you were falling behind.