Petter Northug storms to victory in 15 km Mass Start in Rogla. UPDATED
Norway's Petter Northug showed once again his strength and stormed to vicrtory in 15 km Classic Mass Start in Rogla.
Northug used great power of his upper body and destroyed all the skiers in the finishing straight. Dario Cologna of Switzerland takes second place. Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin finished in third place.
The start field remained compact for the most of the race. In the last lap Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin were speeding up and tried to stretch the field and win some gap. In the last climb before the stadium Kazakhstan's Alxey Poltoranin launched an attack and won a few meters. Dario Cologna reacted on this attempt and was coming close to the Kazakh. Petter Northug did not have the best position before the final spurt be he managed to overtake skiers before him and with a mighty burst he spurted towards the finish line.
Northug notched the third win this season and defended victory in Rogla from two years ago. The Norwegian ace increased the lead in the Overall World Cup standings to 600 points ahead of Dario Cologna who celebrates today second World Cup podium this season. Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin claimed first podium this season.
Petter Northug NOR
I did not have a good feeling today. I had to fight hard in the last two rounds. I had a good position in the last downhill. I saw Dario was in front so I had to move there also to defend the yellow jersey. The sprint before the finish was good. I did not have the best position before the bridge but the finish was good for me. I'm happy to take another victory. Russians skied really good tactically today. They could keep high speed. It was tough to follow them in the last round. I had a message from my mum to come home to take a hair cut and shave before Christmas. So I have to do that. I will take it easy and I will not be racing tomorrow.
Dario Cologna SUI
It was good race today. I'm satisfied after the disappointment in Davos 30 km. I felt very good and could ski in a good pace. I was little bit tired after Davos and I had some problems with asthma. In the race I tried to be in front and take some bonus points as I forgot that they would be distributed among top 10. Maybe I have to wait after Tour de Ski to take the yellow bib away from Petter. I will now relax after the tough races and prepare for the Tour.
Alexey Poltoranin KAZ
I am happy about my race today. It was not a problem for me to ski in these weather conditions. In Kazakhstan we have alsmot every day this kind of weather with soft snow and wind. I prefer classical technique and I am happy to be on the podium today.