Two times Norway
Marit Bjoergen and Petter Northug dominated the 15km respectively 30 km individual start World Cup competition in Davos, Switzerland.
Marit Bjoergen was competiting today only agains the time and clearly won the 15 km free technique race. The current overall World Cup leader Bjoergen won in 35:59.5 and edged out compatriot Vibeke Skofterud by +41.8 sec. Therese Johaug lost to the winner +42.2 sec and finished third. In the men's race, Petter Northug even won with a margin of 51,4 seconds to the French Maurice Manificat whilst Lukas Bauer from Czech Republic took the third place 59,5 seconds behind the winner.
- It was the 49th World Cup victory for Bjoergen
- Bjoergen took her third individual victory in Davos, last year she won the 10 km classic and also the free technique sprint
- Vibeke Skofterud made her best World Cup finish in this season
- For Petter Northug it is the first victory in Davos in the distance race
- He was at each intermediate time the fastest and gained time mostly in downhills
- Maurice Manificat and Lukas Bauer took each their first podium this season
- Lukas Bauer had a fast finish
- Nice conditions in Davos, sunny and 3° C
- 8000 spectators followed on-site the competitions
Marit Bjoergen: I had a very good feeling today. I kept good technique at the beginning of the race and maintained speed in the flat section. When I came to the stadium and heard I was some 26 seconds ahead I knew I everything was possible. I think I was strong from the highest point of the course down. I enjoyed the last part of the competition when I got the information I was 40 seconds in the lead.
Vibeke Skofterud: Today I felt really strong from the beginning. Before the race I planned not to get too tired before the highest point of the course. I felt also strong in the downhill sections. It was a hard race today. But there's not so bid difference between 10 and 15 km. The biggest difference is that we were competing in 1700m.
Therese Johaug: I'm really satisfied with my race today. I was working hard all the way. I was really close behind Vibeke in the finish but I'm happy to be third today. I'm happy Vibeke took second place
Petter Northug: I had a good race today. I was never before on the podium in a distance race here in Davos but finally I made it. I had good skies and I gave my best to push in the downhills as I am not so strong than Maurice in the uphill.
Maurice Manificat: I am very satisfied with my competition. I like this long distance races in free technique and I was focused on this race, that was my first objective in this season. I tried to start not too fast and it worked out. I got faster and faster and then I heard that Lukas was close to me so I gave everything what I had. To make some video's in between all this World Cup stress is nice and I think then a bit about other things, that is a kind of relaxing.
Lukas Bauer: I got faster and faster. I was actually not sure if it is enough for the podium but at the end I made it. I am happy with it. The longer races fit's me well and I like Davos.
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Sandra Spitz PR and Media Coordinator FIS World Cup Cross-Country
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