Nilsson and Pellegrino capture Davos sprints
Stina Nilsson (SWE) and Federico Pellegrino (ITA) captured the Davos sprint races to wrap up the two days of competition.
For Nilsson it was her first ever individual World Cup victory after just 30 World Cup starts and eight previous World Cup podiums. For Pellegrino it was in Davos last season that he claimed his first ever World Cup victory and today marked his 4th victory. Both Nilsson and Pellegrino won with come-from-behind finishes after entering the final 100 metres behind the leaders.
Joining Nilsson on the ladies' podium was the 2014 Olympic sprint champion Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway in second +0.15 and her teammate the 2014 Olympic silver medalist was Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in third +0.84. This was Oestberg's second podium of the weekend after finishing second in yesterday's 15 km free technique competition.
Pellegrino with his victory today moves within one victory from tying the great Christian Zorzi with five free technique wins as the most for an Italian sprinter. Norway's Sondre Turvoll Fossli led the men's final into the final 100 metres but was overtaken by a very fast Pellegrino. At the finish line France's Baptiste Gros just bumped Fossli from second in a photo finish. Pellegrino won in a time of 2:20.97 with Gros +0.27 behind for second and Fossli in third +0.32. For Gros is was just his second ever World Cup podium.
Federico Pellegrino, ITA
I am very satisfied with the win today. I skied well in Lillehammer last weekend. I hoped I would ski well today too. It sounded like the home World Cup. I want to thank all my supporters. It was a great atmosphere on the course.
Baptiste Gros, FRA
It feels great to be on the podium. I have been working a lot on my speed with my coach Cyril Burdet. I was slower in the first lap and then I moved forward.
Sondre Turvoll Fossli, NOR
It was great day, but it was really tough. I broke the pole in the quarterfinal. It was difficult to free skate after the start. I gave everything throughout the day. I am happy for third place.
Stina Nilsson, SWE
It is awesome to win the first World Cup victory. I felt great after a few days of rest.
Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR
I was very nervous today. I felt OK before the heats, not more than that. But it got better with every heat. Stina was very strong today and I am very happy for her first World Cup win.
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, NOR
Today was really great. I had a very good qualification, it was surprising after yesterday 15 km. I felt better and better throughout out the day. I knew the final would be difficult as both Stina and Maiken are very good in the finish and I am really bad at it. Two podiums this weekend is more than I expected.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - 1.6 km Sprint F
1. NILSSON Stina SWE 2:39.27
2. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR +0.15
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +0.84
4. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +1.06
5. FALK Hanna SWE +2.74
6. CALDWELL Sophie USA +14.47
Complete results for ladies' sprint available HERE.
1. PELLEGRINO Federico ITA 2:20.97
2. GROS Baptiste FRA +0.27 (Photo finish)
3. FOSSLI Sondre Turvoll NOR +0.32 (Photo finish)
4. JYLHAE Martti FIN +0.43
5. USTIUGOV Sergey RUS +3.16
6. TAUGBOEL Haavard Solaas NOR +5.73
Complete results for men's sprint available HERE.