Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Therese Johaug (NOR), Marit Björgen (NOR) (l-r)
Therese Johaug (NOR)


Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) secured victory after a great Russian team work in skiathlon in Rybinsk. In women's race Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) claimed victory ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) and Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).
Great tactic on the final kilometre
After a great team tactic the Russian audience could cheer for their athletes. Maxim Vylegzhanin attacked together with a team mate in the uphill one kilometre before finish and four other team mates blocked the other athletes so nobody was able to follow. The Russian was faster in the final stretch and claimed vitory ahead of his mate Chernousov. Petr Sedov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) finished fifth ahead of Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer). His team mate Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) came in eighth followed by Sergei Dolidovich (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) and Evgeniy Belov (RUS, Fischer).

High speed from the beginning
Like every women cross country race the speed was very high from the beginning and more and more athletes couldn't follow. After the first round only the best three skiers were together with a large gap to the others. Later Marit Bjoergen came in trouble and lost the contact. Four kilometres before finish the Polish dropped back, too, and Johaug celebrated her first World Cup victory this season. Kowalczyk came in second ahead of Bjoergen who was only eight seconds ahead of fourth placer Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer). Vibeke Skofterud (NOR, Fischer) finished fifth, Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh.
Men Skiathlon, Rybinsk (RUS):
1. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 01.20.37,60
2. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 01.20.43,60
3. Tobias Angerer
GER 01.20.45,90
4. Evgenij Dementiev
RUS 01.20.46,00
5. Petr Sedov
RUS 01.20.46,50
6. Devon Kershaw
CAN 01.20.47,10
7. Konstantin Glavatskikh
RUS 01.20.47,80
8. Alex Harvey
CAN 01.20.48,10
9. Sergei Dolidovich
BLR 01.20.48,30
10. Evgeniy Belov
RUS 01.20.50,80
11. Pavel Siulatov
RUS 01.20.50,90
12. Sergey Turychev
RUS 01.20.51,20
13. Kris Freeman
USA 01.20.52,00
14. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 01.20.53,20
15. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 01.20.55,70
Women Skiathlon, Rybinsk (RUS):
1. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.42.41,40
2. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.43.08,30
3. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.43.34,30
4. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.43.45,70
5. Vibeke W. Skofterud
NOR 00.43.59,70
6. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.44.09,60
7. Riita-Liisa Roponen
FIN 00.44.10,40
8. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.44.12,40
9. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.44.23,50
10. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.44.25,40
11. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
NOR 00.44.36,10
12. Jessica Diggins
USA 00.44.48,60
13. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.44.50,00
14. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.44.50,20
15. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.44.50,60