Therese Johaug (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Therese Johaug (NOR), Kerttu Niskanen (FIN) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Kerttu Niskanen (FIN)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Alex Harvey (CAN)
Alex Harvey (CAN)
Alex Harvey (CAN), Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) (l-r)
Legkov (RUS), Sundby (NOR), Harvey (CAN), Richardsson (SWE) (l-r)

THERESE JOHAUG AND ALEX HARVEY TRIUMPHATE IN SKIATHLON IN FALUN

15.03.2014
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Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boos) totally dominated women's 15k skiathlon. Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) came in second and lost points in overall ranking and seconds in World Cup final ranking. Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) celebrated his second season's win in 15+15k skiathlon in Falun. In the final sprint he edged out the overall World Cup winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and will start with a 26 seconds lead into tomorrow's pursuit.
Johaug dominated the whole race with a 33 seconds lead
Furthermore it is very exciting in overall World Cup ranking: With an excellent skiathlon Therese Johaug captured some seconds advantage for tomorrow's handicap race against Marit Bjørgen. Both Norwegians escaped already in the first Mördarbacken uphill after two kilometres from the others. After six kilometres of classical race World Cup leader Therese Johaug was able to open a five seconds gap against her fellow until the ski exchange. This disadvantage Bjørgen was able to close with a clearly better pit-stop - but that didn't help the 34-year-old for a long time: Already in the next Mördarbacken uphill she lost the contact to Johaug and lost second by second. After crossing the line 33 seconds perated both Norwegians. As in 30k Holmenkollen race Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) was "Best of the rest" again. The Finn escaped from a chasing group of three after four kilometres and had to race for her own until the end. She crossed the line 56 seconds behind Johaug. Round about ten seconds later a trio with fifth-placed Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) entered the finish area. Emma Wikén (SWE, Fischer) lost a few metres in the last uphill but she came in just a few seconds behind the group of three by finishing seventh shortly ahead of Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer).

Group of four escapes early
The race started very unusual for a men's mass start race: The pace was very high right from the start, already before the 5k point a group of fou plus Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer) escaped who dropped back soon after the bonus sprint one kilometer later. Daniel Richardsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots), Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Alexander Legkov (RUS) extended their lead second by second up to more than one minute. After acceleration of speed by Sundby Daniel Richardsson wasn't able to follow and he lost 24 seconds until crossing the line. Within the leading group it became exciting in the last small uphill: Sundby conterattacked Legkov with Harvey on his heels due to faster skis. In the final stretch the Canadian outsprinted the Norwegian and secured his second season's victory ahead of the overall World Cup winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby. Out of a chasing group of four Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) secured fifth spot. Sjur Røthe (NOR, Fischer) was ranked seventh followed by Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA, Fischer skis and boots). Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) finished tenth.
Skiathlon Women, Falun (SWE):
1. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.41.08,90
2. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.41.42,50
3. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.42.05,50
4. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.42.16,50
5. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.42.16,80
6. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.42.17,80
7. Emma Wiken
SWE 00.42.20,50
8. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.42.21,30
9. Eva Nyvltova
CZE 00.42.22,00
10. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg
NOR 00.42.41,80
11. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.42.55,30
12. Hanna Erikson
SWE 00.43.05,20
13. Martine Ek Hagen
NOR 00.43.06,60
14. Sara Lindborg
SWE 00.43.12,50
15. Elizabeth Stephen
USA 00.43.17,20
Skiathlon Men, Falun (SWE):
1. Alex Harvey
CAN 01.18.07,60
2. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 01.18.08,00
3. Alexander Legkov
RUS 01.18.13,50
4. Daniel Rickardsson
SWE 01.18.32,30
5. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 01.19.01,50
6. Eldar Rønning
NOR 01.19.02,30
7. Sjur Røthe
NOR 01.19.03,60
8. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 01.19.07,50
9. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 01.19.14,90
10. Lukas Bauer
CZE 01.19.15,50
11. Marcus Hellner
SWE 01.19.20,60
12. Devon Kershaw
CAN 01.19.21,30
13. Pål Golberg
NOR 01.20.24,80
14. Sergey Ustiugov
RUS 01.20.39,80
15. Adrien Backscheider
FRA 01.20.43,30