Ladies are ready for 30 km Mass Start Classic at Holmenkollen
After sensational home victory of Eldar Roenning at Holmenkollen's 50 km Classic ladies are taking over for the 30 km competition. Most of the attention is heading towards Marit Bjoergen and Justyna Kowalczyk who are still fighting for the Big Crystal Globe. Marit Bjoergen tops the overall standing with 118 points on the Polish ace.
Norway's Vibeke Skofterud, winner of Vasaloppet 2012, will not start tomorrow due to her problems with left elbow. Also Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN) is skipping Sunday's competition due to sickness.
"I expect Therese Johaug to be the lady to beat on Sunday. We will have tough snow conditions also tomorrow," FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jürg Capol quotes. "There will be 160 World Cup points available tomorrow and 350 points in Falun. The owner of the Big Crystal Globe can be decided in Sweden," Jürg Capol explains.
“It is my first time since the Olympics that I will race a classical 30 km,” said Charlotte Kalal. “I am looking forward to the race and I hope I can be strong. I feel very well at the moment and will try to get as many points as possible but I know as well that in these conditions it will be a tough competition. “
30 km Classic Mass Start will take place on one 5 km lap and three 8,3 km laps. Skiers will be able to change skis three times in the stadium. THere are four bonus points sprints; at 2,7 km, 8,0 km 16,3 km 24,6 km.