Maurice Manificat (FRA)
Chris Jespersen (NOR), Maurice Manificat (FRA), Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) (l-r)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
Therese Johaug (NOR), Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Therese Johaug(NOR), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Charlotte Kalla (SWE) (l-r)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
Kerttu Niskanen (FIN)

MAURICE MANIFICAT AND MARIT BJØRGEN WIN LONG FREE DISTANCE RACES IN DAVOS

14.12.2013
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Maurice Manificat (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) succeeded in men's free race at cross-country World Cup in Davos. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) came in third. Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated another victory in 15k free race followed by Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer).
Manificat kept his high speed
Maurice Manificat is the winner of men's long distance race over 30k in free style. The Frenchmen was on his way to make a podium right from the start and increased during the last of four challenging 7.5k rotations to the top of the race. Martin Johnsrud Sundby who was up to 15 seconds in the lead up to the the half of the race but he wasn't able to keep the pace and lost second by second against his opponents. After 24k he lost his leading position to the Frenchman and the World Cup leader had to be satisfy with spot three. Fourth went to strong skiing Roland Clara (ITA, Fischer skis and boots). The South Tyrolean was already more than 40 seconds behind Sundby during the first lap but he increased more and more and was just 20 seconds behind Manificat after crossing the line. The Lower Austrian Johannes Dürr (AUT, Fischer) was on his way to realise a podium until the middle of the race but he lost more and more time and finished seventh followed by Petter Eliassen (NOR, Fischer).

First Johaug, then Bjørgen in the lead
First for a long time it seems as if Therese Johaug would be able to outsmart her team mate and catch the 15k victory. The Norwegian stormed around the track and beat her compatriot Kristin Størmer Steira's (NOR) split time clearly. Until five kilometres before finish Johaug was able to capture the lead against later starting Marit Bjørgen, then Bjørgen took the lead. After crossing the line 13 seconds seperated the Norwegians. Third went to Charlotte Kalla, 28.9 seconds behind best-timer. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) was the best of a group of three Finns finishing fifth ahead of Krista Lähteenmäki (FIN) and Riitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots). Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) came in inly eleventh in her unloved free technique.
30km F Herren, Davos (SUI):
1. Maurice Manificat
FRA 01.05.10,80
2. Chris Jespersen
NOR 01.05.14,10
3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 01.05.25,70
4. Roland Clara
ITA 01.05.31,60
5. Simen Sveen
NOR 01.05.32,90
6. Robin Duvillard
FRA 01.05.50,00
7. Johannes Dürr
AUT 01.05.50,30
8. Petter Eliassen
NOR 01.05.57,30
9. Alexander Legkov
RUS 01.06.00,30
9. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 01.06.00,30
11. Petr Sedov
RUS 01.06.04,00
12. Johan Olsson
SWE 01.06.07,40
13. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 01.06.15,00
14. Thomas Bing
GER 01.06.21,50
15. Tord Asle Gjerdalen
NOR 01.06.26,70
15km F Damen, Davos (SUI):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.35.34,40
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.35.47,40
3. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.36.03,30
4. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.36.27,60
5. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.36.33,30
6. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.36.50,10
7. Riitta Roponen
FIN 00.36.53,90
8. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.36.57,50
9. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.36.57,80
10. Eva Nyvltova
CZE 00.37.07,10
11. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.37.08,20
12. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.37.12,10
13. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.37.15,10
14. Anouk Faivre Picon
FRA 00.37.17,10
15. Irina Khazova
RUS 00.37.18,80