Kowalczyk wins stage two of Ruka Triple - UPDATED
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) wins stage two of Ruka Triple and has extended her lead in the mini-tour overall standings. In second place was Marit Bjørgen (NOR) +3.0 and in third Therese Johaug (NOR) +14.6.
Kowalczyk has now extended her lead in the Stage World Cup standing to +25.7 seconds over Bjørgen.
- Kowalczyk was behind Bjørgen at the first checkpoint at 1.4 km but then held the lead right to the finish.
- The best stage result for Justyna Kowalczyk in Kuusamo
- Kowalczyk is the first person to lead the Ruka Triple outside of Marit Bjørgen
- Marit Bjørgen has always been in the leaders bib in all three previous Tours in Kuusamo
- Four Norwegians in top 10
- Johaug was third in all intermediate points and the finish
- Best result for Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS - 4th place) since 3rd place in Oslo 30 km Mass Start Free in 2013
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
I'm really really satisfied with these two days. Tomorrow I hope I will be skiing well but we will see. My skating has not been that good. I do not think about the result. I think Marit will be number one tomorrow. Usually, at the start of the season I have not been in good shape so it is surprising for me to be so good.
Marit Bjorgen (NOR)
I was little disappointed yesterday because I thought I was strong enough to be in the final. Today I felt good and I was fighting all the way, but Justyna was a bit better than me. The result is good before tomorrow and since a long time it has been so tight before the last stage in Kuusamo.
Therese Johaug (POL)
I had a really good competition today. 5km is not my favorite distance, but this was the best performance I have ever done here in Kuusamo. I'm really satisfied that I am only am 45 seconds behind Justyna and 20 sec behind Marit.
Ladies 5 km Classic
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 13:33.7
2. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) +3.0
3. Therese Johaug (NOR) +14.6
Stage World Cup Standing after 2 stages
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 16:14.0
2. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) +25.7
3. Therese Johaug (NOR) +44.9
Overall World Cup Standing
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 100 pts
2. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 66 pts
3. Kikkan Randall (USA) 62 pts
Complete ladies' results available HERE.