The Norwegian Therese Johaug (Fischer) and Swiss Dario Cologna celebrated superior victories in the Skiathlon competition during the World Cup in Lahti (FIN). They enforced against teammate Marit Bjoergen (Fischer skis and boots) respectively Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).
decided at the beginning of the Skating part
eventual winner Johaug pushed hard right from the beginning of the race and
managed to leave all her competitors behind except Justyna Kowalczyk (POL,
Fischer skis and boots) until the ski exchange at 7,5 kilometers. But only one
kilometer further on she was alone in front and on her way to a unchallenged
victory. "Lahti is my place. I like the hilly tracks here and they suit me
very well", Johaug said after the race. Together with her two teammates
Heidi Weng and Kristin Steira, Marit Bjoergen passed Kowalczyk and took second
place. Behind Wend and Steira, Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) and Julia Ivanova
(RUS, Fischer) took fifth and sixth place.
attacks with two kilometers to go
In the mens
race we saw an elimination race over 2x15 kilometers. For example Devon Kershaw
(CAN, Fischer), one of the favorites, couldn’t follow after 20 kilometers. With
two kilometers to go, Dario Cologna attacked out of an eight-member leading
group and no one could follow. So he was on his way to win the race. "It was a good race despite I was not feeling so good in classical part. After the exchange I was feeling better and better", Cologna said just after the race. Behind him
there was a big fight for the podium places. On the finish straight Martin
Johnsrud Sundby defended the second place against Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer),
who took third place and completed a pure Fischer-podium. The next places went
to Sjur Roethe (NOR, Fischer), Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA, Fischer skis and boots)
and Alexander Legkov (RUS).