Ola Vigen Hattestad, Eldar Roenning (NOR)
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR)
Alexey Poltoranin, Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ)
FINLAND AND NORWAY WIN CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM SPRINT IN ASIAGO
As last event before christmas in cross-country World Cup today two teamsprint were held in Asiago. Finns Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN) and Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) as well as Norwegians Eldar Rønning (NOR) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory.
Finland up and away
Snow conditions in Asiago were as bad as yesterday according to the warm weather: Indded they worked with a lot of salt during the night the snow was still very crusted and deep. Just as at the beginning of 2013 in Nove Mesto team Finland celebrated victory in classic team sprint. First Saarinen slumbered away Ingvild Flugstad Østberg's (NOR) early attack during the first rotation but until the second exchance nearly all the girls were together again. During the third rotation Saarinen and Østberg attacked again and the main group was destroyed. In the meantime Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer) was able to regain all lost seconds but during the fifth rotation Saarinen escaped from Østberg as well and Anne Kyllönen was able to run to meet the Finnish win. The fight for the other podium spots was very tight: Finally Norway with Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer) secured second spot shortly ahead of Germany consisting of Katrin Zeller (GER) and Denise Herrmann as well as Norway II composed of Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes (NOR) and Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer).
Photofinish between Norway and Kazakhstan
As supposed men's team sprint was much closer than women's race. During the first rotations there was a lot of tactics, numerous athletes first started with classic skis to save some energies until nearly all of them raced with skating skis by using double poling in their last laps. For the first time it became a little hectic during the third rotation when Øystein Pettersen(NOR II) and Dmitry Japarov (RUS II, Fischer) fell and a gap was opened behind the first three athletes. Because of a quite low speed the group came together during the fourth lap until the Kazakh Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) fell during the fifth rotation and as well as Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS II, Fischer) he lost a few seconds again. With his great skiing Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) was able to close the gap during the last lap and it became very close between the best six teams. In the final stretch Ola Vigen Hattestad (Norway I) edged out the chasing Alexey Poltoranin despite a wobble. Third went to Norway II composed of Øystein Pettersen and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) followed by Russia I (Panzhinskiy/Kriukov) and Russia II (Japarov/Vylegzhanin).