Sprint crystal globe winners Falla and Pellegrino win final sprints of season

09 March 2016 00:02
Brandsdal, Pellegrino, Manificat
Brandsdal, Pellegrino, Manificat -

Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) and Federico Pellegrino (ITA) had already clinched the overall World Cup sprint titles during the sprints in Quebec City on stage 4 of Ski Tour Canada, but added season ending victories today in Canmore on stage 5.

With her victory today Falla remained undefeated in classic sprints since last season in Drammen.  Sophie Caldwell won the classic sprint competition in during the Tour de Ski but Falla was not on the start list that day.  Following her onto the podium today in the ladies' 1.5 km classic sprint was her teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen +7.07 seconds behind and in third was Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg also of Norway +8.66.  Oestberg ends the season as the number two sprint in the World Cup ahead of Stina Nilsson of Sweden who did not start today's competition due to illness.  

Ski Tour Canada favourites Heidi Weng (current leader) and Therese Johaug both fell during their quarterfinal heats but remain 1-2 in the standings with three stages remaining.  

Pellegrino got the win he so badly wanted in Quebec City but had to wait for it today.  He did it in impressive fashion winning his first ever classic sprint competition ahead of Norway's Eirik Brandsdal +0.54 seconds back in second and in third was Maurice Manificat of France +1.00.  It was the first time ever in a sprint final for Manificat.  

The Ski Tour Canada standings for men didn't change much with today's results but the time gaps shifted a little.  Sergey Ustiugov of Russia continue's to lead Petter Northug Jr of Norway, with Emil Iversen (NOR) in third.  

Stage 6 takes place tomorrow and features the 15/30 km Skiathlon competitions.  



Maiken Capsersen Falla (NOR)
I have been in a great shape and I always try to give everything I have when I have a race bib on. It feels great to win the globe and also the last sprint of the season. Now I am focused on the position in the Overall World Cup standing and Ski Tour Canada.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)
It is always bad when somebody falls, we want to compete with each other in the track. The corner under the bridge was tricky going form the sun to shade and again to sun. It was a difficult turn. I am very happy to be second today.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR)
It was a really tough sprint. The course was long and I had to fight until the end. I had to fight all the way I did not have any power left in the finish.

Federico Pellegrino (ITA)
I wanted to end the season with a victory. It did not work out in Gatineau and Québec. My goal for today was to make it to the final. In the final I hoped that somebody will pick up the pace. In the second lap I attacked on the climb. I am excited to win the crystal globe. It means a lot to me. But my big goal is to fight for medals at the World Championships in Olympic Games

Eirik Brandsdal (NOR)
It is amazing to be on the podium again. I did not have an easy season. It is great ti finish the season with a podium result. I needed it for my confidence before the next winter.

Maurice Manificat (FRA)
I did not even think I could be on the podium today. We are competing in high altitude here and the sprint was long. When I was in the final I said to myself I have to give everything I have. I wanted to take as many bonus seconds as possible. My main goal is to fight for a good position in the Ski Tour Canada.



LADIES - 1.5 km sprint classic

1. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR 4:09.26
2. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +7.07
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +8.66
4. PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN +18.03
5. KYLLOENEN Anne FIN +19.07
6. DIGGINS Jessica USA +21.96

Complete ladies' sprint results available HERE.

1. Heidi Weng NOR 1:04:04.5
2. Therese Johaug NOR +3.1
3. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR +33.4
4. Maiken Caspersen Falla NOR +1:01.7
5. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg NOR +1:19.2

Complete Ski Tour Canada standings available HERE

1. Maiken Caspersen Falla NOR 726 pts
2. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg NOR 646 pts
3. Stina Nilsson SWE 602 pts
4. Heidi Weng NOR 409 pts
5. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR 355 pts

Complete overall World Cup sprint standings available HERE


MEN - 1.5 km sprint classic

1. PELLEGRINO Federico ITA 3:46.33
2. BRANDSDAL Eirik NOR +0.54
3. MANIFICAT Maurice FRA +1.00
4. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR +2.21
5. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +32.79
6. NORTHUG Petter Jr. NOR +2:15.14

Complete sprint results are available HERE.  

1. Federico Pellegrino ITA 553 pts
2. Petter Northug Jr NOR 476 pts
3. Finn Hagen Krogh NOR 414 pts
4. Baptiste Gros FRA 324 pts
5. Eirik Brandsdal NOR 307 pts

Complete overall sprint World Cup standings are available HERE. 

1. Sergey Ustiugov RUS 1:26:43.9
2. Petter Northug Jr. NOR +19.5
3. Emil Iversen NOR +1:01.1
4. Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR +1:55.3
5. Alex Harvey CAN +2:36.2

Complete Ski Tour Canada standings available HERE