Norway I sprint to glory in Düsseldorf. UPDATED
Mari Eide and Maiken Caspersen Falla for Norway I sprint to glory in team sprint free in Düsseldorf. Kikkan Randall takes team USA (Bjornsen, Randall) for second place. Natalia Korosteleva and Natalia Matveeva for Russia I celebrate third place.
Ladies' team sprint free in Düsseldorf offered thrilling action with manby falls and broken poles. The fiels remained compact until the last leg. Riikka Sarasoja Lilja took over from Anne Kylloenen in the first place and was leading the way in the first half of the last 900 m lap. Maria Eide sent to the last leg Maiken Caspersen Falla and Natalia Matveeva took over from Natalia Korosteleva. Russia's Natalia Matveeva was well settled in second place and Maiken Caspersen Falla was waiting in fourth position.
At the Arag mountain Sarasoja-Lilja got in trouble and lost balance for a moment. Maiken Caspersen Fall used the offered chance and moved forward in the first place. She opened a small gap and went cleanly out of the last corner and was controling rest of the race and went for first place for Norway I.
Big battle for second and third place was going on in the finishin straight between Sarasoja-Lilja, Natalia Matveeva and Kikkan Randal. The USA's sprinter and winner from yesterday showed once again her strength in the finish and spurted over Matveeva and Sarasoja-Liljsa to impressive second place. Natalia Matveeva could celebrate with Natalia Korosteleva third position.
Maiken Caspersen Falla NOR
It was a fantastic race. I felt good and pushed hard at the little "mountain" to get a gap. I was a bit surprised that nobody could follow but for sure I was happy about that. It was a great victory
Kikkan Randall USA
It's just amazing. We gave our best and tried to stay on ski's and fight. We came as the "dark horses" from behind and nobody expected us. It is the first team sprint podium for us.
Sadie Bjornsen USA
It is so exciting. It is my first ever team sprint World Cup race and we made the podium - wow. It's still a bit unreal.
Natalia Korosteleva RUS
I am happy to be back on the podium. Last year I changed the coach and it was not working so well. This summer we change a couple of things in my program and now I can see the result. I hope it will go even better and better from race to race now.