l: Marit Björgen, r: Dario Cologna
(l-r) Devon Kershaw, Dario Cologna, Niklas Dyrhaug
Marit Bjoergen
Kikkan Randall

DARIO COLOGNA AND MARIT BJOERGEN CLAIM VICTORY AT THE MINI-TOUR AND THE OVERALL WORLD CUP

18.03.2012
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At the end of the season 11l12 Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) and Marit Bjoergen (Fischer skis and boots) won the pursuit in Falun and took the overall victory in the Mini-Tour. At the same time both Fischer athletes received the big crystal globe for the victory in the Overall World Cup as well as the small crystal globe for the victory in the distance World Cup.
Start to finish victory
After his good results on the first three stages Cologna started as the leader into the men’s 15 kilometers pursuit race in free technique. During the whole competition he was running with a constantly high pace, so that his victory never came in danger. At the end he clearly enforced against Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer). "It was a good day for me. I kept my pace but it was not easy. I was skiing alone the whole time. I am very happy I could end the successful season with another victory", Cologna said after the race. Niklas Dyrhaug (NOR, Fischer) won the sprint for third place. He could refer his teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots), Petr Sedov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) to the next places. Also the places seven to twelve went to Fischer athletes.

Strong performance
On the women’s side Marit Bjoergen only had an advantage of six seconds to Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots). First the Polish racer could catch Bjoergen, but lost contact again only a few kilometers further into the race. Then she broke down on the second lap and had to let go Heidi Weng (NOR), Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) and Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer), who took second to fourth place. So Kowalczyk only came in fifth. Bjoergen celebrated a safely victory, which also secured her the overall World Cup title. "I am really happy to win here in Falun today. It was a great race and I was feeling good. I could enjoy last kilometers of the race. I had excellent skis and I have to thank the service team because they again did a great job", Bjoergen told journalists at the press conference.

Overall World Cup victory for Björgen and Cologna
On the womens side Marit Björgen took the victory in the Overall World Cup with 2689 points ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (2419´points), Therese Johaug (1787), Charlotte Kalla (1376) and Kikkan Randall (1376).

Overall World Cup Women 11l12

On the mens side the winner is Dario Cologna (2216) ahead of Devon Kershaw (1466), Petter Northug (1199) and Marcus Hellner (1058).

Overall World Cup Men 11l12
15km F Jagdstart Herren Falun (SWE):
1. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.39.59,90
2. Devon Kershaw
CAN 00.40.23,70
3. Niklas Dyrhaug
NOR 00.40.40,40
4. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 00.40.41,90
5. Petr Sedov
RUS 00.40.42,10
6. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.40.42,30
7. Evgeniy Belov
RUS 00.40.43,80
8. Roland Clara
ITA 00.40.45,30
9. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.41.12,30
10. Sjur Roethe
NOR 00.41.12,70
11. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 00.41.13,50
12. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.41.31,00
13. Eldar Roenning
NOR 00.41.34,30
14. Len Valjas
CAN 00.42.06,40
15. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 00.42.06,90
10km F Jagdstart Damen Falun (SWE):
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.29.21,60
2. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.30.07,70
3. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.30.08,40
4. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.30.08,41
5. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.30.31,60
6. Kristin Stoermer Steira
NOR 00.31.28,40
7. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.31.40,70
8. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.31.56,10
9. Martine Ek Hagen
NOR 00.31.57,00
10. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.32.20,70
11. Riita-Liisa Roponen
FIN 00.32.20,80
12. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.32.21,10
13. Anna Haag
SWE 00.32.21,50
14. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.32.21,90
15. Jessica Diggins
USA 00.32.22,20