Julia Ivanova (RUS), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) (l-r)
BJOERGEN AND BRANDSDAL SUCCEED AGAIN IN CLASSIC SPRINT
Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) did it again and secured victory after their triumph in Drammen. They received 50 World Cup points for their victory in front of Stockholm castle.
Clear final with Fischer-ladies
Russians Julia Ivanova (RUS, Fischer) showed a great performance as last week in Lahti and controlled the whole final heat. The 26-year-old from Sosnogorsk was beaten in the final stretch by Marit Bjoergen who celebrated victory again und secured 50 World Cup points. "Ivanova already showed a great race in Lahti, therefor I was not surprised about her performance today. I was faster in the last 20 metres. I Didn't have a good race in qualification and I was a bit surprised about it", said Bjoergen. Ivanova fumed at her anew second place when crossing the line but she edged out great sprinter Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer). Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) finished fourth followed by Katja Visnar (SLO, Fischer skis and boots) and the Austrian Katerina Smutna (AUT, Fischer). Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer), winner of Sprint World Cup, came in eighth. "It was a great season and it is over soon. I am looking forward to receiving the cristal globe on Sunday", Randall smiled. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) fell for the fourth time within ten days and lost important World Cup points and bonus seconds for the next stages finishing ninth.
Brandsdal shines again
As in Drammen last week the winner of classic sprint is named Eirik Brandsdal again. The Norwegian was behind at the beginning of the final and he increased the pace in the last uphill. In the final stretch noone was able to beat him. "I carried the kick from last weeks with me. I was sure that anyone would attack in the uphill but I was able to hold up. I was happy to reach the final because I was very tired", said Brandsdal. Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) who dominated the other heats wasn't able to show his strength in the final again. He came in fourth ahead of Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer). Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer) was ranked twelfth but the Swede didn't finish in the semi final. He stopped at the side of the track after he obviously suffered an injury.