Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ), Petter Northug (NOR), Nikita Kriukov (RUS) (l-r)
Heidi Weng (NOR), Justyna kowalczyk (POL), Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) (l-r)
Evgenia Shapovalova (RUS)
JUSTYNA KOWALCZYK AND PETTER NORTHUG SUCCED IN CLASSICAL SPRINT IN DRAMMEN
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) and Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) are the winners of classical sprint in Drammen. With this result the Polish definitely won the Overall World Cup, the Norwegian
left it late.
27th victory and Overall title
With her 27th World Cup win Justyna Kowalczyk made everything clear in Overall World Cup ranking because Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) missed out Drammen. "Everything worked well as well the uphill after the start. It is great to know that I won the Overall World Cup but there are a few others races left", Kowalczyk stated. The Polish raced all heats ahaed of the group and triumphated in absence of Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) ahead of two Norwegians. Fourth went to Evgenia Shapovalova (RUS, Fischer) followed by Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) who had a lot of problems as well in the prologue and in her heats.
Northug leaves the Overall World Cup late
As he started in Lahti he continued impressive in Drammen: He left the Overall title late. With a extremely strong performance at the end of the season the Norwegian stormed to another World Cup win in front of his home crowd and is now before the last five races just 23 points behind Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) who was still notably absent. After a strong performance Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) made do with his second place. The Kazhak raced strong in front of the group kept the pace high. In the final uphill he had not enough energies to fight against the powerful uphill pushing Norwegian with his skating skis. Gianluca Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) won 'little brother duel' against Tomas Northug (NOR, Fischer) who resigned in the quarterfinal. The Swiss finished in a great sixth spot.