Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Hanna Kolb (GER)
Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS), Paal Golberg (NOR)
Eirik Brandsdal (NOR), Nikita Kriukov (RUS)
NORWAY AND RUSSIA WIN TEAM SPRINT IN NOVE MESTO
At cross-country World Cup in Nove Mesto classical team sprints were held today which were won by Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR I, Fischer skis and boots) and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR I) as well as Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS I, Fischer) and Nikita Kriukov (RUS I).
Norway I - Finland - Russia II
In women's 6x1.4k team sprint the Norwegians Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg celebrated victory in classic team sprint just four weeks before the start of Olympic Winter Games. Along with the Finns Malvalehto (FIN) and Saarinen (FIN) and Evgenia Shapovalova (RUS II, Fischer) and Juliya Ivanova (RUS II, Fischer) the Norwegians escaped in the middle of the race. First it seemed as if the Finns would be able to fight for the victory - but at the last uphill the Norwegian attacked, opened a gap and pointed the Finns to the following podium spots. A strong race showed the first Russian team composed of Anastasia Dotsenko (RUS I, Fischer) and Natalia Matveeva (RUS I, Fischer). But then Matveeva fell on a ice patch during the fourth lap chasing the two leaders along with Ivanova and she wasn't able to close the gap again. Russia I finished fourth after winning the final sprint against Norway II consisting of Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (NOR II) and Celine Brun-Lie (NOR II, Fischer).
Russia I - Norway I - Norway II
In men's 6x1.6k team sprint there was also a group of three who fisghted for the victory. During the fifth rotation the first skier of each team gave everything they had and Norway I composed of Eldar Rønning (NOR I) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR I), Norway II presented by Pål Golberg (NOR II) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR II, Fischer skis and boots) as well as Russia I consisting of Maxim Vylegzhanin and Nikita Kriukov opened a large gap against all the others while Marcus Hellner (SWE II, Fischer), along with Emil Jönsson (SWE II, Fischer skis and boots), fighted against big problems and dropped back clearly. In the last rotation the three leaders acted tactically first, the advantage against the chaser was large enough. In the final stretch the Russian edged out his Norwegian opponents out of the shadow zone and pointed Norway I to second spot ahead of Norway II. In the chasing group Josef Wenzl (GER I, Fischer), along with Sebastian Eisenlauer (GER I, Fischer skis and boots), made the cut into the final and had to do a lot of work in front of the group. So his opponents from Czech Republic composed of Martin Jaks (CZE I) and Ales Razym (CZE I, Fischer skis and boots) and the Americans Hamilton/Newell (both USA, Fischer) outsprinted the German for fourth and fifth spot.