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).
The first stage of the World Cup took place in Oestersund in Sweden with the mixed relay. Here are the results and the scheduled of next week.
1-RUSSIA: Olga Zaitzeva (Rossignol), Olga Vilukhina, Alexey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov
2-NORWAY: Tora Berger, Synnoeve Solemdal, Erlend Bjoentegaard, Emil Svendsen
3-CZECH REPUBLIC: Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Michal Slesingr (Rossignol), Ondrej Moravec
November 28th, Men 20km Individual
November 29th, Women 15km individual
December 1st, Men 10km Sprint and Women 7,5km Sprint
December 2nd, Men 12,5km Pursuit and Women 10km Pursuit
The kick-off of the Cross-Country season took place in Gällivare (SWE). Norway I (Skofterud, Johaug, Hagen, Bjoergen) won the women's 4x5km relay. Sweden I (Ingemarsdotter, Bleckur, Larsen, Kalla) took the second place and team USA (Brooks, Randall, Stephen, Diggins) signed the first women’s relay podium for the country. It’s the Fifth victory for team Norway I in the relays in Gällivare (2004. 2006, 2008, 2010).
1 - Norway I: Martine Ek Hagen, first World Cup podium
2 - Sweden I: Ida Ingemarsdotter
3 - USA : Liz Stephens, first World Cup podium
Liz Stephens (USA):"I have always looked at the TV and seen people crying after big races. I didn't understand that feeling until today.”
As the girls, Norway I won the 4x7.5 km relay with Roenning, Sundby, Roethe and Northug Jr. After a sprint finish Sweden I (Joensson, Olsson, Richardsson, Hellner) took second place ahead of Russia I (Belov, Vylegzhanin, Legkov, Chernousov).
1 - Norway I: Eldar Roenning
3 – Russia I: Ilya Chernousov and Alexander Legkov
Eldar Roenning (NOR): “I was ill last week and could not compete at the national opening in Beitostoelen. I am happy I was in a good shape at the first World Cup of the season. We did a great job on the first three legs and for the first time since a long time Petter (Northug) did not have to sprint for the victory. “
llya Chernousov (RUS):“It's really important for us to be in the top three. Everybody did a good job. For me it was quite hard today, I didn't feel fresh. I tried to do my best but Marcus was stronger. Congratulations to Sweden.”
One autumn morning, not far from Place de la Bastille in Paris, two biathletes were strolling through the streets of the French capital. Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin-Habert were on their way to meet Christine Phung, the Parisian stylist who has designed the next nordic collection - winter 2013-2014 - for Rossignol. Our two athletes spent several hours in her workshop at Ateliers de Paris, gaining interesting insights into this previously unknown world. Christine Phung's designs are tailored to the wellbeing of the athletes who wear them, but above all are distinguished by their outstanding combination of style and technical excellence.
Marie-Laure Brunet:"Wearing Rossignol products both on and off the slopes demonstrates my great attachment and trust for the brand. I am proud to wear the Rossignol colors beyond nordic skiing areas. I've been with Rossignol since I was very young and the brand is now allowing me to get even more involved through its clothing and I love this idea. Developing nordic garments is a great project and I'm delighted to promote lines such as JCC and 1907! Looking stylish both on and off skis is very important for a young woman like me!"
Marie Dorin-Habert:"I've used Rossignol skis from the very beginning. The brand has been with me at my first World Cups, my first successes and my many failures! So this year, when Rossignol offered to supply our skiwear, I was happy to get on board and wear clothing coordinated with my skis for training and away from the slopes! What is Rossignol's secret? A subtle combination of glide, snow, performance, technical excellence, comfort and...why not look good at the same time?"
Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin-Habert will be wearing items from the new collection this winter and will also be fully equipped for their preparations over the summer. At the same time, Rossignol is confirming its commitment to high-end technical clothing for summer and winter.
Riders in this news : Martin FOURCADE
Martin Fourcade has won his qualification for the Cross Country World Cup in Gällivare next week-end. He ended 2nd among the French Team during the FIS in Beitostolen. Congrats to him and good luck for the next step! See all the results here.
And don’t forget on Friday, November 23th the film of Martin Fourcade's preparation: “Compteurs à Zéro” (Eurosport at 9pm)
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