Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
Daniel Richardsson (SWE), Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS) (l-r)
Daniel Richardsson (SWE)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Therese Johaug (NOR) (l-r)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
Therese Johaug (NOR)
Riitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN)

MARTIN JOHNSRUD SUNDBY AND MARIT BJØRGEN WIN FREE RACES IN FINLAND

02.03.2014
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Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) secured victory in 15k free technique race in Lahti (FIN). The Norwegian succeeded ahead of Daniel Richardsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory in difficult conditions fighting against her team mates and Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer). In 10k free race Bjørgen succeeded ahead of the Swede and Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer).
Sundby shows strength
Martin Johnsrud Sundby is the best cross-country skier in 2013/2014. Equal in which technique, you have to bargain for the Norwegian although the races in Sochi weren't that good for him with just one bronce medal. In Lahti the World Cup leader came out on top again and was a bit more than ten seconds faster than the second- and third-placed Daniel Richardsson and Alexander Legkov (RUS). Waxing problems of the Olympics have gone - that demonstrated the other Norwegians and finished fourth to sixth with Anders Gløersen (NOR, Fischer), Finn Håagen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) and Sjur Røthe (NOR, Fischer). Behind the surprisingly strong young German Florian Notz (GER, Fischer) in his first World Cup race Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) and Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) came in eighth and ninth.

Johaug started out strong, but soon faded away
For a long time it seems to be an exciting fight for the win between Marit Bjørgen and her long-term rival Therese Johaug who are still fighting for the overall title. Therese Johaug started very fast into her race and was already four seconds ahead of Bjørgen after 1.3 kilometres but then she lost second by second. Especially in the second half of the race Johaug faded away more and more, although the conditions with more wet snowfall which slowed down the track normally helps featherweight Johaug. After crossing the line the 33-year-old Bjørgen was 27.6 seconds ahead of her team mate who even dropped behind second-placed Charlotte Kalla. In overall World Cup ranking there are only 140 points advantage left ahead of Marit Bjørgen who obviously will have better chances to succeed in terms of the last season's races. Six-placed Riitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) was already 51 seconds behhind the winner but sent her team mate Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) with a ten seconds advantage to seventh spot. Eighth went to Emma Wikén (SWE, Fischer) followed by Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) who lost more and more time during the race. Coraline Hugue (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) came in tenth.


15k F Men, Lahti (FIN):
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 33:05.5
2. Daniel Richardsson
SWE 33:16.2
3. Alexander Legkov
RUS 33:16.7
4. Anders Gloeersen
NOR 33:50.8
5. Finn Haagen Krogh
NOR 33:55.0
6. Sjur Roethe
NOR 33:56.2
7. Florian Notz
GER 33:58.8
8. Alex Harvey
CAN 34:00.5
9. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 34:02.1
10. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 34:03.1
11. Paal Golberg
NOR 34:11.7
12. Simen Andreas Sveen
NOR 34:11.9
13. Petter Eliassen
NOR 34:12.4
14. Toni Livers
SUI 34:23.0
15. Lari Lehtonen
FIN 34:25.3
10k F Women, Lahti (FIN):
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 25:05.3
2. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 25:32.2
3. Therese Johaug
NOR 25:32.9
4. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
NOR 25:35.4
5. Heidi Weng
NOR 25:40.2
6. Riitta-liisa Roponen
FIN 25:56.3
7. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 26:05.9
8. Emma Wiken
SWE 26:09.7
9. Kaisa Makarainen
FIN 26:10.3
10. Coraline Hugue
FRA 26:10.5
11. Eva Vrabcova - Nyvltova
CZE 26:16.4
12. Aino-kaisa Saarinen
FIN 26:21.9
13. Maria Rydqvist
SWE 26:27.4
14. Irina Khazova
RUS 26:28.0
15. Anouk Faivre Picon
FRA 26:29.4