Nikita Kriukov (RUS) stole victory from Petter Northug (NOR) as he out sprinted the Norwegian on the finishing straight. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) claimed third place.
Nikita Kriukov (RUS): “I feel very good. I was fast in the qualification but quarterfinal was difficult for me. On the last climb I did not have that much power. But semifinal and final was easier for me. I knew that Petter was very strong in the last uphill. When I saw him I tried to beat him. Tonight I fly to Canada.”
Men Classic Sprint
1. Nikita Kriukov (RUS)
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR)
3. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR)
Despite the frigid temperatures today, Russia's Alexander Legkov held on to win the 10km free technique in Kuusamo ahead of Norway's Petter Northug and the French Maurice Magnificat.
Alexander Legkov (RUS): “In Kuusamo is alway good to me. I have good shape. It was very cold, which is Russian tradition for good racing. I am better in skating but when in good shape then it's no problem for me classic or skate”.
Men 10 km Free Individual Start
1. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 21:52.8
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) +6.8
3. Maurice Manificat (FRA) +7.9
Standings Ruka Triple After Stage 2
1. Petter Northug (NOR)
2. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) +40.0 sec
3. Alexander Legkov +53.2 sec
No racers of Team Rossignol on the podium today. But we have seen nice things during this Mini-Tour in Kuusamo with the two victories of Krioukov and Legkov. Here are the final results of Ruka Triple after Stage 3.
1. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) 41:38.3
2. Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) +1.4
3. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) +3.4
Next stage will take place in Quebec (Canada).
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