Kläbo a familiar winner, Ribom and Schmidt get maiden Nordic wins

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Superstar Johannes Hösflot Kläbo led a Norwegian 1-4 finish while Sweden’s Emma Ribom delighted in a first career victory as the cross-country skiing World Cup season opened with sprint races in Finland on Friday. Multiple world and Olympic champion Kläbo dominated the classic style race in Ruka from compatriots Even Northug, Paal Golberg and Erik Valnes for his 42nd career race victory. Former junior world champion Ribom led a Swedish one-two on the women’s side from Johanna Hagström, with Norway’s Tirl Udnes Weng third on the podium. Germany’s Julian Schmid then also got a maiden career win …

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