Experienced Riitta-Liisa Roponen skied in Taivalkoski as a surprise second.
Kerttu Niskanen hit the trumps on the counter when he almost overwhelmingly won the 10-kilometer traditional ski race in Taivalkoski.
Niskanen, 32, led the race from start to finish and hit the board with wild breaks compared to other skiers. Niskanen won by 20.58.1 and left in second place Riitta-Liisa Roponen second sex at 21.24.4. The difference came in 26.3 seconds.
“It’s been a long time since I got Krista’s scalp. And when I got it, it had to be ventilated, ”Niskanen said.
Niskanen said that he went skiing with fearful feelings. “Today’s result was good that I was able to take the win, but I still didn’t get my best.”
If Niskanen was a surprise winner, Roponen was at least as surprisingly second.
“Having fun. It was a pigstick to be able to compete, ”Roponen said in an interview with Yle.
“The weather was so icy and hard that it went forging,” Roponen said.
Krista Pärmäkoski went to the race ten last and got precise intervals from the start, but the pace was not enough.
Pärmäkoski had been left with 4.3 seconds in Niskanen with a 2.5-kilometer break point, but there was already a difference of 29.1 seconds in the finish.
Where Niskanen was sensitive, Pärmäkoski’s skiing seemed heavier.
“If the ascent had been longer, the difference would have been greater.”
“Skiing was not as relaxed as it has always been in eco-competitions,” Pärmäkoski said in an interview with Yle.
The competition was the first of the season for Pärmäkoski.