Krogh times finish perfectly for La Clusaz win
Finn Hagen Krogh chose the perfect time to make his move today to win in the final meters of the men's 15 km free technique mass in La Clusaz, France. Entering the final corner Krogh sat in second place just behind his teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway but used his speed off the final corner to take the victory in a time of 34:09.3. Sundby crossed closely behind for second +0.3 back and Russia's Alexander Legkov was third +3.1. Like the ladies' competition it was a solid top 10 with 6 nations represented and 8 in the top 15.
Competitions continue tomorrow in La Clusaz with the men's 4 x 7.5 km relay at 12:30, and the ladies' 4 x 5 km relay at 15:00.
Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR)
I felt in the race I was having a good day. I wanted to stay top 5 and save some energy. Last couple of kilometers are always hard. Last two laps were really fast. I was fighting with myself to keep up with Martin. He was little bit unlucky in the last corner before the finish. He hit an icy patch. I could ski the last curve better and I had more speed to the finish. It is awesome to win.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
I knew that Finn would be one of the toughest oponents. He looked very strong yesterday and he was strong in the race today. I knew I had to have more than 2 seconds on the last uphill, I did not have it.
Alexander Legkov (RUS)
It is great I am back on the podium after 2 years. I felt very good today. I had to be very careful to stay away from a crash.
MEN - 15 km free technique mass start
1. KROGH Finn Haagen 1990 NOR 34:09.3
2. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud 1984 NOR +0.3
3. LEGKOV Alexander 1983 RUS +3.1
4. TOENSETH Didrik 1991 NOR +12.1
5. USTIUGOV Sergey 1992 RUS +25.3
Complete results are available HERE.
OVERALL WORLD CUP RESULTS
1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 550 pts
2. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR 412
3. HEIKKINEN Matti FIN 329
4. IVERSEN Emil NOR 326
5. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE 316
Complete Overall standings are available HERE.
DISTANCE WORLD CUP STANDINGS
SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 340 pts
KROGH Finn Haagen NOR 226
HEIKKINEN Matti FIN 209
HARVEY Alex CAN 145
IVERSEN Emil NOR 133
Complete Distance standings are available HERE.