NOVE MESTO, HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND

12/Jan/2014

NOVE MESTO, HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND

Riders in this news :  Eldar RØNNING  ; Federico PELLEGRINO  ; Laurien VAN DER GRAAFF  ; Nikita KRIUKOV

SATURDAY: SPRINT WOMEN
Second place for Laurien van der Graaf (SUI)
It was really special today. In the quarter finals I had leg cramp and in the semi final I got pole in my face. I was fifth before the last uphill, I did not believe I could make it, I found some energy left and I am very happy to be on the podium.” 
Overall World Cup standing ladies
1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 1002 points
2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 841 points
3. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 676 points

SPRINT MEN
Federico Pellegrino (ITA) ends second in Nove Mesto and leads the Sprint Cup standing with 208 points:I am happy for second place in the competition with the best sprinters. I was very close to victory so I am bit disappointed I did not win. Ustiugov was very strong today but I think I could beat him. There are still some skate sprints this season but my goal is to win the one in Sochi.Nikita Kriukov (RUS) is third of the ranking with 185 points.
Overall World Cup standing men
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 1001 points
2. Chris Jespersen (NOR) 739 points
3. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 526 points

SUNDAY: TEAM SPRINT LADIES' FINAL 
1. NORWAY I 20:58.47
2. FINLAND 21:02.27 with Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
3. RUSSIA II 21:03.03
TEAM SPRINT MEN'S FINAL
1. RUSSIA I 22:03.89 with Nikita Kriukov
2. NORWAY I 22:04.11 with Eldar Roenning
3. NORWAY II 22:05.67
Nikita Kriukov (RUS): I felt much better than yesterday. It was my first time skiing with Maxim Vylegzhanin. It gives us great confidence going to Sochi.  

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