Thomas Wærner has mushed his way on to the podium

Author: Fredrik Ljone Holst (transl. Espen Rasch-Ekstrøm)     Photo: Fredrik Ljone Holst     Publish date: 03.02.13 22:37

Ralph Johannessen still leads ahead of Arnt Ola Skjerve, while Thomas Wærnes hold the third place when 600 mushers arrived at Tynset for the second time.

First time Arnt Ola Skjerve arrived at Tynset , he was the first one there and won a reindeer buck. When he returned second time in was second place in the race, and the "prize" is a rest of eight hours.

The entire top three looked quite happy as they entered the checkpoint, but it was Thomas who smiled widest, and he has reason to smile. The 32 minute gap up to the Ralph in the first place has been reduced to 24 minutes. In addition he has past the Sigrid Ekran and is again on podium, as he has been several times earlier in this year’s race. He has never been outside the top-ten list of riders into a checkpoint.

All three of the leaders have chosen to take the last eight hours rest at Tynset, and it was about as expected. None of them were more than a few minutes at Grimsbu after racing Folldal around.

There is certainly no reason to complain of tension in this year Femundløpet 600. Last year’s race was a duel between Robert Sørlie and Ralph, this year it has become an open race between four mushers for victory at Røros at lunchtime on Monday.