Alexey Petukhov, Nikoali Morilov (RUS)
Jessica Diggins, Kikkan Randall (USA)
Perianne Jones, Chandra Crawford (CAN)
FISCHER-ATHLETES MADE A PODIUM IN TEAM SPRINT IN MILANO
In team sprint in Milano the victories went to the favorites. Sweden and Russia secured victory and seven Fischer-skiers made a podium.
USA and Canada made a podium
As in the individual sprint the Swedish girls were unbeatable again. But
team USA with Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) and Canada with Perianne
Jones (CAN, Fischer and Chandra Crawford (CAN, Fischer skis and boots)
showed a gread performance and fighted for second place. In the final
stretch Randall secured the second place for her team although the
Americans lost the contact to the leading group after Jessica Diggins
tumbled at the exchange earlier in the race and Randall had to close the
gap. "In the third exchange Jessica fell but I was not nervous, I know all can happened in team sprint - we had some bad luck in other team sprints before", said Randall.
Favorites won men's race
In men's team sprint the favorites from Russia Alexey Petukhov and
Nikolai Morilov celebrated victory. Before the last exchage Petukhov
tried to attack but his opponents were able to follow. In the final
stretch his team mate Morilov secured victory ahead of Sweden with
Fischer-skier Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer) and team Italy David
Hofer (ITA, Fischer skis, boots and poles) and Fulvio Scola (ITA,
Fischer skis and boots). "It was a fantastic race. I was never on the podium in an italian city before. It is not always easy to prepare a good course in a city but the team of Milan did a good job and support us with good conditions", said Hofer.