84th victory for Bjoergen and 1st for Pellegrino in Davos sprints
The winningest World Cup skier and the newest World Cup winner took the top spots in Davos, Switzerland today in the free technique sprint competition. Marit Bjoergen of Norway won her 84th career World Cup in the ladies' sprint and Federico Pellegrino of Italy won his first ever in the men's event.
In the ladies' sprint Stina Nilsson SWE took second place behind Bjoergen's winning time of 2: 35.86. It was her first individual skate technique podium. In third was last weekend's sprint winner Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway.
In the men's competition it was the first ever victory for Italy's Federico Pellegrino. It was his 6th trip to the podium and his first win. In second place was Alexey Petukhov of Russia for his second podium of the season. In third was last weekend's sprint winner and current overall sprint leader Finn Haagen Krogh of Norway.
Marit Bjørgen, NOR
I did not feel so good in my semi-finals so it was a surprise to feel so strong in the final. I am happy to win bothering races this weekend and I am looking forward to the Christmas holidays and to Prepare for the Tour de Ski. I would like to say Merry Christmas to everyone here in Davos. It was a nice time for me here.
Stina Nilsson, ENG
I am so excited about my first free technique podium. In executed my tactics as the Planned. I wanted to attack on the last climb. I wanted to Be Closer to Marit but she was too firm.
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, NOR
It is my second podium in two weeks. Today was a good race but I did not feel quite as good as last weekend. Stina passed me on the last climb. But I am really really happy about the third place.
Federico Pellegrino, ITA
It's a great day. In havebeen working for the World Cup victory for SO long. It feels amazing to reach this goal. I Hope That My Victory Will Help the Italian Cross-Country team to good results.
Finn Haagen Krogh, NOR
It is always tough to come back on the course where I have won. I felt the pressure and it is good to be on the podium. I've had not so good start and I had to find a good position in the field. I gained some places in the uphill and I gave it all in the last corner.
Alexey Petukhov, RUS
Last week I was overpriced in the finals but I chose the wrong tactics. Today I did everything right but my legs felt a little bit heavy. I was Able to Close the Gap on Pellegrino But The finishing straight is so solid I could not beat him.
LADIES 'SPRINT FINAL
1. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 2: 35.86
2. NILSSON Stina SWE +0.55
3. Oestberg Ingvild Flugstad NOR +1.12
4. KALLA Charlotte SWE +2.31
5. FALK Hanna SWE +5.30
6. VAN DER GRAAFF Laurien SUI +12.09
Complete sprint results for the ladies HERE .
MEN'S SPRINT FINAL
1. PELLEGRINO Federico ITA 2: 19:36
2. Petukhov Alexey RUS +0.24
3. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +0.26
4. Halfvarsson Calle ENG +1.01
5. Fossli Sondre Turvoll NOR +1.43
6. JOENSSON Emil ENG +11.02
Complete results for the sprint but HERE.
1. Marit Bjørgen, NOR 300 pts
2. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, NOR 242 pts
3. Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR 216 pts
Overal World Cup Standing - LADIES
1. Marit Bjørgen, NOR 849 pts
2. Therese Johaug, NOR 528 pts
3. Ingvild Flusgstad Østberg, NOR 476 pts
Helvetia U23 Standing - LADIES
1. Stina Nilsson, SWE 154 pts
2. Petra Novakova, CZE 75 pts
3. Sofia Henriksson, SWE 51 pts
Sprint World Cup standings - MEN
1. Finn Haagen Krogh, NOR 253 pts
2. Alexey Petukhov, RUS 221 pts
3. Eirik Brandsdal, NOR 202 pts
The Overall World Cup standings - MEN
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, NOR 531 pts
2. Finn Haagen Krogh, NOR 505 pts
3. Calle Halfvarsson, ENG 375 pts
Helvetia U23 trophy - MEN
1. Sondre Turvoll Fossli, NOR 119 pts
2. Iivo Niskanen, FIN 105 pts
3. Francesco de Fabiani, ITA 81 pts