Marit Bjoergen takes home win in Drammen. UPDATED

19 February 2011 12:24

Marit Bjeorgen won the 10 km Individual start World Cup race in classical technique in Drammen in the class of her own edging out runner up Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland by 17 seconds. Aino Kaisa Saarinen finished third six seconds behind Kowalczyk.

Marit Bjoergen came to Norway directly after the two-week high altitude training camp in Seiser Alm, Italy. The biggest Norwegian medal hope remained unbeatable only a few days before the World Championships in Oslo.

Bjoergen was in the lead from the first intermediate point. After 1.7 km she was already 10 seconds ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. The Polish star failed to come any closer and fought for the second place with Finnish Aino Kaisa Saarinen. Kowalczyk kept the pace high and edged out Aino Kaisa Saarinen to third place.

The overall World Cup ranking is led by Justyna Kowalczyk with 1656 points while Marit Bjoergen is second with 1022 points. Italian Arianna Follis is third (975 points.)

Kowalczyk brought today with her second place the distance World Cup win home. She is now leading the ranking with 867 points and can’t be beaten anymore in the final World Cup races. On second place is currently Marit Bjoergen with 610 points and Italian Marianna Longa is third with 481 points.

Weather: partly cloudy, - 5,3° C

Snow Conditions: natural & artificial snow

Spectators: 15’000

Quotes

Marit Bjoergen (NOR)

It is very good to win a World Cup at home. It was a good race for me today. There were a lot of people along the course. My shape is very good and I’m looking forward to Holmenkollen. It was a very tough race today. The snow was not very fast but it was good because at Holmenkollen it will be also tough. I will be on the start line in the sprint and hope to be in final tomorrow. I look forward to it because last two sprints at World Cup did not go very well for me.

Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)

I am very satisfied with my result today. In the first lap after 1 km I lost almost 10 seconds. Second lap was much better. I was in Seiser Alm before at the high altitude. I’m going to take part in the sprint tomorrow. When I come to Oslo I will rest a bit and inspect the courses first.

Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN)

Today it was my best race this season. I’m very happy about that. I can feel my shape is coming. It has been a very hard season for me. I had problems with my shoulder and I also struggled with technique. Last month was very good and I have settled in technique. My shape is coming in the right moment.

The new courses in Drammen are very skiable. Also the downhills were very good. The audience was excellent. I will take it easy after Drammen. I will relax and try to get ready for the World Champs. I’m going to start in sprint, 10 km Classic and Pursuit. I might probably skip the 30 km.