Daniel Richardsson (SWE)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Daniel Richardsson (SWE), Alexander Legkov (RUS) (l-r)
Daniel Richardsson (SWE)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
Alexander Legkov (RUS), Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Lukas Bauer (CZE) (l-r)


Daniel Richardsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) outsmarted the favourites and came out on top with an attack shortly before the stadium followed by local hero Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).
Pit-stop after 16.6 kilometres builts leading group
Again the tactical opportunity to change skis brought a lot of thrill into the mass start race at Oslo Holmenkollen. In the 50k race which was skied in classical technique this year local hero Martin Johnsrud Sundby from Oslo was the dominating athlete for a long time. After 16.6 kilometres nearly all atheletes on top of the field used the opportunity to change skis - only Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) skipped the pit-stop. With a 20 seconds advantage the Czech was ahead of the chasing group but due to the high pace of Sundby they closed the gap within four kilometres. During the rest of the race first Bauer and then Niskanen (FIN) dropped back from the leading group and the remained trio stayed together until three kilometres before finish. Sundby and Legkov (RUS) worked together very well, Richardsson seemed to be the weakest one in the group. But already after 47 kilometres the Norwegian started an attack and the Russian wasn't able to follow. Until crossing the line he was always a few seconds behind the new leading group of two in which Sundby kept the pace high. His success in front of his home crowd seemed to be relatively safe. But the Norwegian made the calculation without the Swede: Richardsson attacked shortly before the stadium with faster skies in the descent and opened a small gap. This wasn't able to close Sundby until the finish so the prestigious victory in 50k classic race at Holmenkollen went to Richardsson. "I have a very good season. My shape is very good especially in Sochi and it's fun to compete. The pace was very high during the whole race and in the missle of the race I was very tired. Sundby and Legkov were very strong but I used my only opportunity shortly before the finish", the Swede describes the previous two hours. Dmitry Japarov (RUS, Fischer) finished in a good seventh spot still ahead of Lukas Bauer who was happy after crossing the line with his good race. Stanislav Volzhentsev (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) who fell early in the race after two kilometres vame in ninth.
50k C Men, Oslo (NOR):
1. Daniel Rickardsson
SWE 02.07.29,50
2. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 02.07.37,70
3. Alexander Legkov
RUS 02.07.44,00
4. Iivo Niskanen
FIN 02.08.51,80
5. Karel Tammjärv
EST 02.09.22,40
6. Lars Nelson
SWE 02.09.24,80
7. Eldar Rønning
NOR 02.09.25,70
8. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 02.09.43,60
9. Lukas Bauer
CZE 02.09.49,50
10. Stanislav Volzhentsev
RUS 02.10.00,80
11. Simen Østensen
NOR 02.10.42,10
12. Konstantin Glavatskikh
RUS 02.11.00,20
13. Nikolay Khokhryakov
RUS 02.11.13,60
14. Martin Johansson
SWE 02.11.20,70
15. Alex Harvey
CAN 02.11.25,70