Kikkan Randall (USA)
Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ)
Denise Herrmann (GER)
Alexey Petukhov (RUS), Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ) (l-r)

USA AND KAZAKHSTAN WIN TEAM SPRINTS IN QUEBEC-CITY

07.12.2012
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Victories in team sprints at cross-country World Cup in Quebec-City went to American girls Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) as well as to Kazakhs Denis Volotka (KAZ, Fischer) and his compatriot Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots.
USA wins in Canada
It was a kind of home race for the American girls in Quebec-City not far away from the US-american boarder: As supposed the US-girls showed a strong performance and despite a few pushings and crashes the favorites stayed together almost until the end of the race. In the final stretch Kikkan Randall was able to secure victory shortly followed by surprisingly strong German Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer). Team Norway consisting of Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer) and Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer) came in third.

Kazakhs pull a blinder
After a calm and controlled beginning without many pushings or crashes the race picked up speed in the middle of the race and a few crashes happened. For example the Kazakhs with Nikolay Chebotko during the fourth of six laps or the Swede Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer) and Quebec-City's local hero Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) during the last lap were affected. Nevertheless the Kazkhs were fighting courageously and never gave up so they caught up the leaders during the last lap. In the final stretch the Fischer athletes Denis Volotka and Nikolay Chebotko sensational celebrated victory in team sprint ahead of strong Russians with Fischer skier Alexey Petukhov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Norwegians Anders Gloeersen (NOR, Fischer) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer).


Team sprint Women, Quebec (CAN):
1. Jessica Diggins
USA 21:49.5
1. Kikkan Randall
USA 21:49.5
2. Hanna Kolb
GER 21:50.4
2. Denise Herrmann
GER 21:50.4
3. Celine Brun-lie
NOR 21:50.6
3. Maiken Caspersen Falla
NOR 21:50.6
4. Evgenia Shapovalova
RUS 21:50.9
4. Svetlana Nikolaeva
RUS 21:50.9
5. Mona-lisa Malvalehto
FIN 21:51.0
5. Anne Kylloenen
FIN 21:51.0
6. Katja Visnar
SLO 21:58.7
6. Vesna Fabjan
SLO 21:58.7
Team sprint men, Quebec (CAN):
1. Denis Volotka
KAZ 19:25.1
1. Nikolay Chebotko
KAZ 19:25.1
2. Nikita Kriukov
RUS 19:25.2
2. Alexey Petukhov
RUS 19:25.2
3. Anders Gloeersen
NOR 19:26.2
3. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 19:26.2
4. John Kristian Dahl
NOR 19:26.4
4. Paal Golberg
NOR 19:26.4
5. Devon Kershaw
CAN 19:27.0
5. Alex Harvey
CAN 19:27.0
6. Fabio Pasini
ITA 19:28.9
6. Fulvio Scola
ITA 19:28.9