The 2013-14 FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann is now two weeks old and some familiar faces have been on the podium along with some new ones
Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby has won today's final stage of the Ruke Triple and with that he is the overall mini-tour champion. As well he now is the Overall World Cup leader heading into the Lillehammer next week. Russia's Alexander Legkov lifted the pace halfway through the final lap to split the lead pack of over 10 skiers down to just three. On the homestretch the competition was decided with Sundby in the lead, Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia in second and Legkov in third.
Norway's Marit Bjørgen has won her fourth Ruka Triple in a row. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden skied her way from 4th position at the start of today's final stage and battled Bjørgen up the final hill to claim second place. Therese Johaug of Norway lifted the pace on the final lap which separated Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk from the group and took third place on the day.
Lukas Bauer of the Czech Ski team has won the men's 10 km classic interval start competition in Kuusamo. It was the second stage of the Ruka Triple and the first win for Bauer since Otepää, Estonia in 2010.
Stage two of the Ruka Triple will feature the individual start classic competition. It will be 5 km of the ladies and 10 km for the men. The temperature has risen since yesterday but the wind has also come up. But snow conditions are perfect for a great event.
Eirik Brandsdal of Norway was back on the podium in Kuusamo after finishing third in last year's classic sprint. Brandsdal came from behind on the homestretch to take the victory in a three-way photo finish.