Brandsdal (NOR) wins Ruka classic sprint in photo finish
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
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
Complete results for men available HERE.