Nordic

Nilsson and Skar triumph in Dresden sprints

The Swedes Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings), Maja Dahlqvist (SWE) and Jonna Sundling (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings) offered an impressive team performance at the Sprint World Cup in free style in Dresden (GER) and secured the first three places. In men's sprint, Sindre Bjørnestad Skar (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) won ahead of Gleb Retvykh (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) and Erik Valnes (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots).

In women's sprint final, Stina Nilsson relied on her speed on the second lap, as in the heats earlier, and initially let the others take the lead. Sometimes Maja Dahlqvist was in the lead, sometimes Jonna Sundling - always followed by Nadine Fähndrich (SUI). In the second lap, Stina Nilsson displayed her strengths and worked her way up to her next clear victory. Jonna Sundling was very strong on the home straight and fought with the Swiss for third place. Stina Nilsson waited with her big celebration: Only after the evaluation of the photo finish the triple victory was fixed, they celebrated together. "I was really happy when I realized that all three of us are on the podium. It was very windy on the long straight, I was trying to save energies in the first lap and then take a good position in the second lap", said Stina Nilsson. Alenka Cebasek (SLO, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished in sixth, after having crashed at the turn after the first lap.

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The French would have had the chance to follow the Swedish sweep. Lucas Chanavat (FRA, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), Richard Jouve and Baptiste Gros (both FRA) convinced in the heats, after the six Frenchmen in the prologue had only taken places between 9 and 22. In the final, however, all three Frenchmen took themselves by falls out of the fight for thepodium. The pace was still low on the first lap but Gleb Retivykh took pity of the leadership role as expected. In the second gap Sindre Bjørnestad Skar sped up and only the Russian was able to follow him. In the final sprint it became really tight, but the victory went to Sindre Skar, who celebrated his second World Cup victory. Third place went to Erik Valnes, who was still in fourth place on the small ascent to the Elbe dike, when the third Frenchman Lucas Chanavat put his pole between his legs and fell. He finally finished fifth.

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