Therese Johaug eased to victory in the women's pursuit event in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup at Ruka ©Getty Images

Norway’s Therese Johaug clinched victory in the women’s 10-kilometres pursuit event as the opening weekend of the International Ski Federation Cross-Country World Cup concluded.

The pursuit event rounded off the Ruka Triple, which also featured sprint and classic races at the Finnish venue.

Ten-time world champion Johaug, who missed last year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang because of a doping ban, added to her victory in yesterday’s classic competition.

The Norwegian led the race from start to finish, with her rivals unable to close the gap to the 31-year-old.

Johaug crossed the line in a winning time of 25min 48sec.

Her team-mate Heidi Weng finished as the runner-up by ending 1:11.30 adrift of the winner, with Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen rounding off an all-Norwegian podium two seconds further back.

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen followed the Norwegians, with the United States’ skier ending fourth in 27:15.9.

Johaug’s two victories helped her to win the Ruka Triple and take an early lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo triumphed in the men's 15km pursuit event ©Getty Images
Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo triumphed in the men's 15km pursuit event ©Getty Images

Defending overall champion Johannes Høsflot Klæbo bounced back from losing to Finland’s Iivo Niskanen yesterday by winning the men’s 15km pursuit competition.

The Norwegian battled with team-mate Emil Iversen and Niskanen for victory in the closing stages, with a second separating the trio heading into the final lap.

Niskanen eventually faded from the lead group, guaranteeing another Norwegian victory.

Klæbo topped the podium at the end of the event by crossing the line in 35:29.7, with Iversen just 1.8 seconds behind.

The pair were followed by Niskanen, who finished 11 seconds off the pace in third.

The top three was repeated in the overall Ruka Triple standings.