Devon Kershaw powers to sensational victory in 15 km free in Rybinsk. UPDATED

04 February 2012 10:56
Devon Kershaw wins 15 km Free in Rybinsk
Devon Kershaw wins 15 km Free in Rybinsk -

Devon Kershaw scores a sensational victory in 15 km free in Rybinsk. Kershaw made a decisive move on the finishing straight as he overtook leading Ilia Chernousov and edged him out to second place. Tobias Angerer claimed third place.

The field stayed compact in today's 15 km Free. Temperature fell to -17°C and the skiers were keeping an easier pace in six 2.5 km laps. Two intermediate bonus points sprints upped the tempo in the third and sixth lap. Russian athletes with Sergey Turyshev, Dimitriy Yaparov were very active in front as well as Jens Filbrich of Germany, Roland Clara (ITA) or Frenchman Robin Duvillard.

In the last 2.5 km lap Germany's Tobias Angerer speeded up and took over the lead. Only five contenders could keep the pace high and followed Angerer. Ilia Chernousov made a move in the last uphill before the descent to the stadium and Alexander Legkov followed. Devon Kershaw and Tobias Angerer were following but it was the Canadian who was stronger in the finishing straight and went around Chernousov to score his first distance World Cup victory.

Ilia Chernousov celebrates today the first podium this season as well as Tobias Angerer who beat Alexander Legkov in the home straight.

All top three athletes of the current Overall World Cup Standing Dario Cologna, Petter Northug and Marcus Hellner skipped Rybinsk.

Devon Kershaw CAN

I’m happy, it’s my first World Cup victory in distance races. I felt very comfortable today, the skis were good and I liked a new course because I am strong now in finish sprint. I did not concentrate at intermediate finishes but still managed to get some points. It is very good we have a strong team – it helps a lot. My today’s win is the win of the whole Canada team

Ilia Chernousov RUS

I’m very glad to be the prize-winner. This is my first podium in this year. The new course was not that good for me as I’m not so good at finish so the only tactic was to work hard in the last uphill and then come what may. I won skiathlon here last year so I’m looking forward for tomorrow’s race.

Tobias Angerer GER

I’m happy to be back here, I like Rybinsk and always race well here. This is my fourth podium out of five races which took place in Demino. I looked for the podium today and did my best. First our team planned not to come here because of the cold weather but then the coaches changed their mind because the athletes wanted to race here and it proved a right decision.