Daniel Rickardsson took in Drammen first World Cup win. UPDATED
Sweden’s Daniel Rickardsson impressed today in Drammen at the 15 km individual start race in classical technique with an perfect race and claimed victory in a time of 37:19.1min.
Rickardsson won the race 29,0 seconds ahead of Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) who took the runner up spot. Norwegian Petter Northug completed the podium as third with a gap of 30 seconds to Rickardsson.
Daniel Rickardsson dominated from the start to the finish with always the best intermediate time. Petter Northug just started before Rickardsson. The Swedish athlete was fast and caught the Norwegian top athlete just before 10 km. Northug followed Rickardsson and they came together into the finish.
It was the first World Cup win for Rickardsson. He collected so far three podium spots but had never a victory before. Johnsrud Sundby is back on the podium after being the last time among the top three as the winner in Kuusamo 2008.
In the overall World Cup, Dario Cologna (SUI), who finished fourth today, is leading with 1247 points while Petter Northug has the runner up position with 834 points. Daniel Rickardsson is third with 781 points.
In the distance World Cup Cologna is the leader 60 points ahead of Alexander Legkov from Russia. Also here, Daniel Rickardsson is on third place, 65 points behind Cologna.
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Daniel Rickardsson (SWE)
It was a good race for me. I captured the first WC victory today. I had a good feeling the whole race. I hoped to be on the podium. I felt good last weeks. From the start I felt in good shape and just tried to push it hard. I will not start tomorrow in the sprint. I will go home to Sweden and take it easy there. I want to relax. I will probably go all the distance races at the World Champs. My main goal will be 15 km Classic and the relay. I will see how strong I will be after the World Championships. It will be nice if I was in top three overall in Falun. The courses in Drammen are very good.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
I’m very satisfied to be on the podium again. It’s been two years since my last podium It’s great I did not miss the podium by a few seconds. The course here is one of the toughest in the WC circuit. My plan was to go fast 15 km. There were many fans today. The crowds were amazing and gave us a lot of power. The course was excellent too. It was a good day for me. I will take it easy in next days. I will carry out one or two fast training sessions before the World Champs.
Petter Northug (NOR)
I was really tired in the start and did not have a good feeling today. I got a lot of help from Daniel. I learned he was racing fast and managed to follow him. It was part of my tactics. He has done some good classical races before. I heard from the Swedish team he was leading by 20 seconds. It is good to be on the podium now one week before the Championships starts. But you know after Holmenkollen nobody will remember who won in Konnerud. I will race tomorrow and have a rest before the sprint in Holmenkollen on Thursday.