Nilsson and Pellegrino on top in Planica
Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Italy's Federico Pellegrino have won the 1.2 km free technique sprints in Planica, Slovenia. With her victory Nilsson took over the World Cup sprint overall standings from Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway who failed to qualify for today's quarterfinal rounds. Falla has been battling illness. In second place behind Nilsson's winning time of 2:33.03 was Norway's Astrid Urenholdt Jacobsen +0.34 and in third place was Heidi Weng also of Norway +0.55 back. Weng overtook her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in the final meters to capture third position.
On the men's side Pellegrino kept his hot streak going winning his 4th consecutive free technique sprint breaking his own record of 3 consecutive wins, which he has now accomplished twice. He also became the winningest Italian male skier of all time with 7 World Cup victories. Entering today's competition he had been tied with Pietro Piller Cottrer at 6. Following Pellegrino onto the podium was Baptiste Gros +0.88, the first of three athletes from France in the top 4. In third place was Richard Jouve +1.71 back. This was Jouve's second career World Cup podium. He was first on the podium last season in Lahti.
Competition continues tomorrow with free technique Team Sprints.
Stina Nilsson, SWE
I am really happy for the second win this season. I had a great day. My plan was to ski as much as possible in the front. I am excited to be in the lead of the sprint World Cup.
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, NOR
It feels great to be back. I was disappointed to leave the Tour de Ski. I think my shape is back where it was before the Tour. Today was great. I had a strong prologue and felt very good in the heats.
Heidi Weng, NOR
I am still surprised to be third today. I thought Ingvild beat me in the finish. I still felt tired after the Tour de Ski but it got better during the day. I like the course here in Planica.
It felt very good in the qualification. I was worried it could get worse. I learned in my semifinal how to ski in the final. I expected Baptist to be fast on this course so my plan was to go in the front and get a gap on the others.
Baptiste Gros, FRA
In the semifinal I thought I could win but in the final it was clear that Federico will win. There are many curves on the course but it was fun to ski and I always found the right position.
Richard Jouve, FRA
I was quite tired in the final. The last uphill was very hard for me but I am very happy to be 3rd today. We are now looking forward to the team sprint tomorrow.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - 1.2km Sprint free technique
1. NILSSON Stina SWE 2:33.03
2. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +0.34
3. WENG Heidi NOR +0.55
4. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +0.60
5. RINGWALD Sandra GER +2.78
6. VUERICH Gaia ITA +26.26
Complete results for the ladies' sprint are available HERE.
1. PELLEGRINO Federico ITA 2:15.12
2. GROS Baptiste FRA +0.88
3. JOUVE Richard FRA +1.71
4. JAY Renaud FRA +2.23
5. RETIVYKH Gleb RUS +4.18(PF)
6. EISENLAUER Sebastian GER +4.19(PF)
Complete results for men's sprint are available HERE.