Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
TEAM SPRINT IN LIBEREC: NORWAY AND RUSSIA WIN
In free team sprint in Liberec Norwegian girls Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) and Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer) as well as Russians Mikhail Devjatiarov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Nikolay Morilov (RUS) celebrated victory.
Norwegians ahead of Swedes
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla secured victory in ladies team sprint over alltogether 6x0.85 kilometres. In front of the group Norwegians and Swedes kept the pace up. During her last lap Oestberg increased the speed again and only young Swede Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) was able to follow her. Both created a small gap but during the last lap Norway II nearly caught them up until Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer) fell and lost her third position. In the final stretch Maiken Caspersen Falla won ahead of Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE), third went to Sweden II with their last skier Magdalena Pajala (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). Maiken Caspersen Falla said: "I haven't been so confident before the race but of course I knew what to do. Ich saved all my energies for my last lap but I would have had more energies left."
Four teams fighting for victory
Same to yesterday in men's race there were two laps to ski for each athlete before exchange. In the final the race was very tactically and slow. The pace was controlled by both Norwegian teams, until Alexey Petukhov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) increased the pace after the prelast exchange. Then he fell by his own mistake in an uphill so the team dropped back. In the last lap the Czech ineffective tried to escape but Anders Gloeersen (NOR, Fischer) confound it. In the final stretch first the Norwegian attacked leading Czech Ales Razym (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) but Nikolay Morilov clearly was the best sprinter so Russia II consisting of Mikhail Devjatiarov and Morilov secured victory. Runner-up went to Norway I with Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) followed by Russia I with Alexey Petukhov. Fourth went to Norway II ahead of Czech Republic and Italy II.