Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
EIRIK BRANDSDAL WINS SPRINT IN MILANO
Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) celebrated his first season's victory in free sprint in Milano. Josef Wenzl (GER, Fischer) is back on podium and finished second. In women's race Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) came in second ahead of Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer).
Brandsdal ahead of Wenzl
German sprinter Josef Wenzl is back on podium. The Bavarian showed a great race during qualification and the heats and skied ahead in the final, too. In the final stretch his brand mate Eirik Brandsdal was stronger and celebrated his first season's victory ahead of the German. "It was phantastic, I felt very strong and I am speechless. I had great skis. I felt better from race to race and the audience supported us, too", said Brandsdal. Alexey Petukhov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) reached the final and finished fifth and sixth. Matias Strandvall (FIN, Fischer) was ranked seventh, Renato Pasini (ITA, Fischer) and Anton Gafarov (RUS, Fischer) came in tenth and eleventh.
Randall and Falla made a podium
In women's sprint two Fischer-athletes finished with a podium result, too. Kikkan Randall seemed to be a bit disappointed after the final stretch after finishing only second. But the American increased her lead in the Sprint World Cup with this result. Maiken Caspersen Falla finished third. Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) showed a great performance in the qualification and in the heats but after leading in the final the Finn came in only fifth in the final stretch. Chandra Crawford (CAn, Fischer skis and boots) was ranked seventh, her team mate Perianne Jones (CAN, Fischer) came in twelvth.