Lukas Bauer (CZE) win's 10 km classic in Ruka - UPDATED
Lukas Bauer of the Czech Ski team has won the men's 10 km classic interval start competition in Kuusamo. It was the second stage of the Ruka Triple and the first win for Bauer since Otepää, Estonia in 2010.
In second place was Norway's Eldar Rønning just +2.4 behind. With his result today Rønning is now the Overall World Cup leader. In third place was Russia's Dmitriy Japarov +5.7 off of Bauer's winning time of 24:43.6.
- The first win for Lukas Bauer since Otepää, Estonia in 2010
- 8 of top 10 finishers were either Norwegian or Russian (4 of each)
- Rønning was +5.7 sec behind Japarov with 1.9km to go but improved to +3.3 sec at finish
- Japarov started fast and led all intermediate points until 8.1 km
- Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) scored first ever World Cup points in a distance competition.
- Hattestad 77th place at 3.1 km, 30th at 8.1 km and 20th at the finish
Dmitriy Japarov (RUS)
I’m a bit disappointed with today’s result. I was hoping for victory. On the other hand I am happy I did my best today. It’s very nice to start the season with a podium. I hope I can do such result again.
Eldar Rønning (NOR)
I felt quite good and had a fast 2.0 km before the finish. It was an exciting competition. Some of the top skiers started in front, some in the middle so it was nice to watch. I have not been in the yellow bib almost seven years. Tomorrow is skating and I have no hopes to be in top 10.
Lukas Bauer (CZE)
I have extreme experience from Kuusamo, it’s been either successful or disaster, nothing in between. It’s nice I could enjoy a great day. Yesterday’s sprint was a disaster for me, 104th place was not good. I did not feel the best today but the snow conditions fit me very well.
Men 10 km Classic
1. Lukas Bauer (CZE) 24:43.6
2. Eldar Rønning (NOR) +2.4
3. Dmitriy Japarov (RUS) +5.7
Stage World Cup Standing after 2 stages
1. Eldar Rønning (NOR) 27:26.7
2. Dmitriy Japarov (RUS) +0.3
3. Paal Golberg Johaug (NOR) +12.5
Overall World Cup Standing
1. Eldar Rønning (NOR) 61 pts
2. Dmitriy Japarov (RUS) 59 pts
3. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) 57 pts
Complete results are available HERE.