Bjoergen and Golberg lead mini-tour with Lillehammer sprint victories. UPDATED

05 December 2014 16:18
Sprint podium for sprint men
Sprint podium for sprint men -
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It was Norwegian domination in Lillehammer today. Last week we saw the men’s podium swept by Norway and this week it was the case for the ladies’ sprint final with Marit Bjoergen in first, Celine Brun-Lie in second and Heidi Weng in third.

Only Russian sprinter Alexey Petukhov was able to stop a second podium sprint sweep in a row with his second place finish in the men’s competition. Paal Golberg of Norway took first and his teammate Finn Hagen Krogh took third.

Bjoergen and Golberg now lead the Lillehammer mini-tour heading into Saturday’s 5/10 km interval start in free technique. Bjoergen and Eirik Brandsdal continue to be the current overall World Cup leaders.

 

ATHLETE QUOTES

Marit Bjørgen (NOR)

It was a very good day for me. My shape was good and everything was working perfect. The waxing guys did a very good job. It was a great day and I am happy I kept the younger girls behind me. I have a good start of the mini-tour.

Celine Brun-Lie (NOR)
It’s been a long time since my last podium. I am very grateful for the support I got from the people around me. The quarter final was hard for me but then I decided to follow Marit and Therese because I knew the heat will be fast and I could hope for the lucky loser spot. I executed the same tactic in the final and it worked.

Heidi Weng (NOR)
It was very much fun to be in the final with Marit and Celine. I tried to follow Marit so that she does not ski away too far but she was very strong. I am very happy for the third place. I will try to have a good performance tomorrow and beat Marit.

Pål Golberg (NOR)
The prologue was quite tough for me. My skis were very good and made the difference in the heats. I wanted to be second on the top of the last climb. My plan worked. It is going to be tight before Sunday. I hope to be in front to fight for top position in the mini-tour standing.

Alexey Petukhov (RUS)
I tried my best today. I had to catch Pål and Finn. I think I could have skied better tactically today but I am happy for the second place. Pål was very strong today.

Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR)
Right after the finish I was not so satisfied. I wanted to win but now I am happy. My plan was to gain a gap before the final stretch, maybe if the gap was bigger I could have won. Today was the best day of the weekend for me.

RESULTS 

Ladies’ Sprint Final
1. Marit Bjoergen NOR 2:55.71
2. Celine Brun-lie NOR +0.76
3. Heidi Weng NOR +0.80
4. Maiken Caspersen Falla NOR +1.43
5. Katja Visnar SLO +4.43
6. Denise Herrmann GER +7.57

Complete results available HERE

Men’s Sprint Final

1. Paal Golberg NOR  3:20.51
2. Alexey Petukhov RUS +0.24
3. Finn Hagen Krogh NOR +0.29
4. Juho Mikkohen FIN +0.56
5. Alex Harvey CAN +1.13
6. Eirik Brandsdal NOR +4.15

Complete results available HERE