Falla and Fossli on top after Day 1 of Ruka Triple
Maiken Caspersen Falla and Sondre Turvoll Fossli both of Norway have won the opening competition of the 2015-16 FIS World Cup season. Falla won the final sprint competition of last season and started this season with another win in the 1.4 km classic sprint event in Ruka, Finland. Joining Falla on the podium was Sweden's Stina Nilsson in second place +0.26 and in third from Norway was Ragnhild Haga +1.08.
On the men's side it was a first time World Cup victory for Fossli who was selected for Ruka just four days ago as a replacement for Ola Vigen Hattestad who welcomed his first child with girlfriend Katja Višnar at the start of the week.
Fossli followed up on his third place finish here in Ruka last season with his first win ahead of two-time Ruka sprint winner Eirik Brandsdal in second +1.03. In third and completing the podium sweep for Norway was Petter Northug Jr. +1.65.
This was day one of the 2015 Ruka Triple and the 3-day mini tour will continue tomorrow with the 5/10 km free technique interval start competition.
Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR
I hoped to make it to the final. I felt my skis were good and I just enjoyed skiing. I felt very good on the last hill three times but in the final I was struggling little bit with my technique. I think I managed it well and felt strong in double poling. I am very happy for Ragnhild to be on the podium with me. We train a lot together and are of the same age.
Stina Nilsson, SWE
I am very satisfied with my second place. I struggled a bit with my skis in the quarterfinal but after that it was much better. I am happy for the U23 bib and hope I can keep it as long as possible.
Ragnhild Haga, NOR
It was really great start of the season for me. Classic sprint wasn’t my specialty until today. I had not so good start but my skis were really good on the climb.
Petter Northug, NOR
I am happy to make it to the final I was not that fast but it is early of the season so the speed is not totally there yet. I am happy to gain seconds to keep some of the Ruka Triple favourites behind me.
Eirik Brandsdal, NOR
The position on the last uphill was really important. I managed that in the final. I got better and better during the day. In the prologue and quarterfinal I did not feel too good. I am impressed about Sondre.
Sondre Turvoll Fossli, NOR
I felt better going from qualification to the final. In the final I managed to keep a good speed and the distance from the other guys. I will try to go as fast as I can in the next Ruka triple stages. I will do my best and see what happens.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - 1.4 km Sprint Classic
1. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR 2: 58.23
2. NILSSON Stina ENG +0.26
3. HAGA Ragnhild NOR +1.08
4. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +2.85
5. INGEMARSDOTTER Ida ENG +5.89
6. WENG Heidi NOR +7.83
Complete results for the ladies' sprint available HERE.
1. FOSSLI Sondre Turvoll NOR 2: 33.07
2. BRANDSDAL Eirik NOR +1.03
3. NORTHUG Jr. Petter NOR +1.65
4. NEWELL Andrew +2.76 Middle
5. PETERSON Theodore ENG +3.72
6. JOENSSON Emil ENG +22.12
Complete results for men's sprint available HERE.
Ruka Triple standing ladies
1. Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR 2:29.4
2. Stina Nilsson, SWE +7.6
3. Ragnhild Haga, NOR +7.9
Ruka Triple standing men
1. Sondre Turvoll Fossli, NOR 2:03.0
2. Eirik Brandsdal, NOR +6.3
3. Petter Northug, NOR +11.5
Overall World Cup standing ladies
1. Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR 50
2. Stina Nilsson, SWE 46
3. Ragnhild Haga, NOR 43
Overall World Cup standing men
1. Sondre Turvoll Fossli, NOR 50
2. Eirik Brandsdal, NOR 46
3. Petter Northug, NOR 43