Brandsdal (NOR) wins Ruka classic sprint in photo finish

29 November 2013 15:19
Ruka Triple sprint finish (Brandsdal, Gafarov, Peterson)
Ruka Triple sprint finish (Brandsdal, Gafarov, Peterson) -
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Eirik Brandsdal of Norway was back on the podium in Kuusamo after finishing third in last year's classic sprint.  Brandsdal came from behind on the homestretch to take the victory in a three-way photo finish.  In second place and the day's fastest qualifier was Russia's Anton Gafarov, and in third was Sweden's Teodor Peterson.  His first podium since Liberec, Czech sprints last season.

  • Three-way photo finish in the men’s final
  • Brandsdal powered to victory from behind on the home stretch
  • Anton Gafarov (RUS) leads the current Overall Ruka Triple in spite of finishing in second place today (bonus seconds are deducted from the qualification time)
  • Personal best and second podium for Anton Gafarov
  • First podium for Theodor Peterson, (SWE) since World Cup in Liberec 2013
  • Petter Northug jr. did not make it through his semi-final
Theodor Peterson (SWE)
I did hope for a podium today. I had a good summer and autumn. I hope I can carry on the good shape and have more of such good competitions like today. It would be great if I could keep a steady shape during the whole season. Hopefully it will be enough to be one of the best sprinters this season. 

Anton Gafarov (RUS)
I started in Kuusamo for the second time and it was successful. I am happy for the second place. Olympic Games are the most important for me this season. I will not compete in the rest of the Tour and I will come back in the World Cup in Davos. 

Up next for the men will be stage two tomorrow with the 10 km classic interval start. 

Men's Sprint Final
1. BRANDSDAL Eirik NOR 
2. GAFAROV Anton RUS 
3. PETERSON Teodor SWE 
4. HATTESTAD Ola Vigen NOR 
5. KRIUKOV Nikita RUS 
6. POLTORANIN Alexey KAZ

Ruka Triple Standing after Stage 1
1. Anton Gafarov, (RUS) 2:11.0
2. Eirik Brandsdal, (NOR) +0.7 sec
3. Ola Vigen Hattestad, (NOR) +7.9 sec 

Complete results for men available HERE