Natalia Nepryaeva on the podium before the World Championships

Out of a training phase, Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) made a podium. Over ten kilometers classic style in Cogne (ITA) she finished third.

In the weakest occupied World Cup of the whole season, there were opportunities for many athletes to get a top result, who usually are ranked behind others. So the chance for the great Swedish talent Frida Karlsson (SWE, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) was very big, to jump onto the podium at her very first World Cup - or even more. However, you also saw many ladies coming directly from the training camp and have the hard training still in the legs. At first, however, everything looked as if Frida Karlsson could fulfill the hopes of the Swedish fans and the 19-year-old started the first 800 meters furiously and was six seconds faster than everyone else. But on the next few kilometers it quickly became clear that she still has a lot of deficites in her race tactics, just like at the JWSC. She dropped behind the then leading Nadine Fähndrich (SUI) and lost time. Russians Natalia Nepryaeva, Yulia Belorukova (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) and Alisa Zhambalova (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) arrived directly from the training camp and could not compete for the win. They had to be satisfied with places three to five. Frida Karlsson, who was still leading after five kilometers, finished seventh, ahead of Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), who of course focused entirely on the home WSC. Over 15 kilometers of the men's race Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and bindings) missed the podium in his special discipline. In fourth place, he already had a gap of more than a minute to the superior winner Alexander Bolshunov (RUS). Martin Løwstrøm Nyenget (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) was the best Norwegian in seventh. Eleventh went to Sergey Ustiugov (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots).

=> Women's 10 km C Cogne (ITA)

=> Men's 15 km C Cogne (ITA)