Marit Bjørgen triumphates in 10k classic race
Marit Bjørgen had a perfect World Cup comeback in a distance race. In her first World Cup after having a baby she succeeded over ten kilometres in absence of Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). The Norwegian won each intermediate time but her opponents very very close. First Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer) was one of her chasers, later Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) was her biggest rival. "I was leading all the way today. I had very good laps. I got very good help from Victoria Carl on the flat sections. She was very strong there.It is a great feeling to be back and win again. I knew I can win when I have a good day. I train with some of the best skiers in the World so I knew how my shape was", Marit said. Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) finished seventh after winning yesterday, Justyna Kowalczyk came in ninth.
=> 10k C Women Ruka (FIN)
Norway's Emil Iversen started fast into his race over 15 kilometres and especially in his second lap he was very fast but in the end he was 10 seconds behind winning Iivo Niskanen (FIN). "I opened hard and then I was praying I can keep the pace. It was a little bit dark. I had to be careful in the downhills to stay on my feet", Emil said. Third went to Martin Johnsrud Sundby ahead of Didrik Tønseth (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Johan Olsson (SWE, Fischer). "Given the fact I was sick almost the whole week before Ruka it was a good day for me. I always want to win but today two guys were faster", Martin said. Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) finished sixth again followed by Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer). The Swede started out fast but wasn't able to keep his pace and so he lost time.
=> 15k C Men Ruka (FIN)