Fatigues Sets in as Brennan Finishes 18th in Lahti 10k Classic
After four months away from home, Rosie Brennan and the rest of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team are ready to head back to North America and prepare for the final three World Cup races of the season in Quebec City, Minneapolis, and Canmore, Alberta.
“I think I am definitely feeling some [Ski Tour 2020] fatigue, but more so just season-long fatigue as I’ve haven’t been home since mid-November,” Rosie said after finishing 18th in Saturday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k classic in Lahti, Finland. “I felt pretty good for somewhere around 4k and then fatigue hit hard.”
A handful of athletes toed the line at Lahti Saturday, including Caitlin Patterson, who finished 36th, and Becca Rorabaugh, racing in her first European World Cup, finishing 39th. Norway’s Therese Johaug took the win, her 19th individual victory of the season. Sweden’s Ebba Andersson was second, followed by Finland’s Krista Parmakoski in third.
In the 15k men’s race, Finland's Livo Niskanen won, followed by Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov in second and Norway’s Christer Hans Holund in third. Adam Martin was the top American in 46th, followed by Benjamin Lustgarten in 47th.
The FIS World Cup season continues Sunday with a 4x5k women’s relay, and a 4x7.5k men’s relay in Lahti. The World Cup moves to Drammen, Norway for a freestyle sprint Tuesday, then wraps up the European portion of the tour in Oslo with a 30k race for the women and 50k race for the men March 7-8.
The tour then heads to North America with freestyle and classic sprints in Quebec City, March 14-15; a freestyle sprint in Minneapolis March 17, and distance races and a team relay in Canmore, Alberta, March 20-22.
In the overall World Cup standings, Jessie Diggins currently sits sixth, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen is seventh, Rosie is 15th, and Sophie Caldwell is 23rd. Jessie, Sadie and Sophie are all scheduled to race in Drammen Tuesday.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Sunday, March 1
10:00 a.m. - Women’s 10k, Lahti, FIN - NBCSN**
4:50 a.m. - Women’s 4x5k relay, Lahti, FIN - OlympicChannel.com, NBC Sports Gold
6:20 a.m. - Men’s 4x7.5k relay, Lahti, FIN - OlympicChannel.com, NBC Sports Gold
10:30 a.m. - Women’s 4x5k relay, Lahti, FIN - Olympic Channel*
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