2018/03/18

Bjørgen wins the final and Klaebo the overall World Cup

Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) won the three-stage World Cup final for cross-country skiers in Falun (SWE). Second was Jessie Diggins (USA) ahead of Sadie Bjornsen (USA, Fischer skis and boots). Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) finished third and won the distance World Cup and the car for the bonus classification. The overall World Cup as well as the small sprint globe has been taken by Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).

With 36 seconds ahead Marit Bjørgen started into the ten-kilometer final stage in free style and behind her immediatelya three-headed chase group was formed with Jessie Diggins, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN). Although at least the American and the Norwegian worked together, the gap on Bjørgen became larger and the next group of four with Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer), Sadie Bjornsen, Astrid Jacobsen (NOR) and Jonna Sundling (SWE, Fischer) was not too far away. Jessica Diggins looked much fresher than in yesterday's classic mass start and did not last long in the group as the pace became too slow. Alone, she started the hunt of Bjørgen and regained ground. Halfway through the race, the gap was only 27 seconds and the gap between Bjørgen and Diggins melted to 15 seconds after a great catch-up, but the victory in the World Cup final went to Marit Bjørgen. "Jessie made a fast pace at the back, it was a tough race. I felt very good on the uphills, but she was much better. I heard she was getting closer and hoping it would be enough for me to succeed", said the Norwegian. Jessie Diggins cheered on second place and when the group finished, the celebration in the US team got even bigger: Sadie Bjornsen came in third! In the uphill, the American escaped off the group together with the Norwegians Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR): Jacobsen led the trio down into the stadium and on the home straight, where Sadie Bjornsen had the most energies. Ragnhild Haga had a great catch-up from 17th place and finished fourth. Rank seven went to Charlotte Kalla. Jonna Sundling earned a very good ninth place ahead of Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots).

=> World Cup Final Women Falun (SWE)


On the final 15 kilometers in free style nobody really wanted to catch up with Alexander Bolshunov (RUS) - that was already clear right after the start due to the extremely slow pace. Only after 1.5 kilometers Martin Johnsrud Sundby took the initiative, but the pace remained slower than Bolshunov ahead and more athletes could catch up gradually. Alexander Bolshunov was able to manage undisturbed his up to almost 1:30 minutes growing advantage and win his first mini-tour with 47 seconds lead. In the last lap, the pace in the group was increased significantly, first by Holund (NOR), later attacked Harvey (CAN) and Dario Cologna. When the Swiss attacked in the penultimate climb, he was able to escape slightly with Alex Harvey and Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). In the final sprint Dario Cologna was beaten by the Canadian. He came in third and can take comfort with the podium, the crystal globe for the Distance World Cup and the Audi Quattro for winning the bonus ranking. Fourth went to Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer). Niklas Dyrhaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) finished ninth ahead of Denis Spitsov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots). Johannes Høsflot Klæbo dropped back to 25th when the pace was higher. He would have needed just one point to secure the overall World Cup if Cologna would have won plus fastest time. "It's so great. The last few days have been tougher than I thought. I did not feel so good, but winning the crystal globe is great. It was a great season, but it's so unreal that I won. I'll enjoy it now and I'll rest a bit to be able to lift the crystal globe", the Norwegian grinned.

=> World Cup Final Men Falun (SWE)


Athletes in This Article

Dario Cologna

Dario
Cologna

Switzerland

Sadie Bjornsen

Sadie
Bjornsen

United States

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