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Musgrave confident of upsetting World Cup podium

Musgrave confident of upsetting World Cup podium
By Sportsbeat

07/12/2018 at 02:25Updated 07/12/2018 at 02:47

Great British cross country skier Andrew Musgrave is confident of upsetting Norway's iron grip on the world stage by securing a surprise spot on the podium at the FIS World Cup in Beitostølen.

The 28-year-old landed an impressive sixth place finish in Lillehammer in the men's 15km free skate last time out, and the PyeongChang Olympic veteran believes he can continue to push for a medal spot on Norwegian snow.

With the opportunity to race on a track that's proved a happy hunting ground for the man that secured Great Britain's best ever cross country skiing finish at an Olympics, Musgrave is hopeful that he can continue his early season promise in his preferred 30km free skate event.

"I was completely unsure how my form was going to be going into Lillehammer," said Musgrave. "Sixth place on Saturday gave me a big confidence boost and I know my form is good.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out and doing another skate race in Beitostølen on Saturday now. I know the track well and it suits me, plus I also like the longer 30km distance.

"At the moment it's forecast to snow a fair bit, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it won't - I like it best when the tracks are a bit faster and harder.

"No matter what the weather though I'm going to go out and give it everything I've got."