Sundby extends World Cup lead with 15 km win in Lahti

02 March 2014 10:45
Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR
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Martin Johnsrud Sundby has extended his Overall World Cup lead with today's victory in the 15 km free technique interval start competition in Lahti, Finland.  Sweden's Daniel Richardsson took second +10.7 behind the Olympic 50 km champion Alexander Legkov was third +11.2. 

Sundby led at all time checks today and stayed strong right to the finish.  Legkov was second at all time checks and Richardsson was third.  But at the finish they traded places by just +0.5 seconds with Richardsson taking second.  

QUOTES

Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR
The Games did not go the way it went I wanted so I wanted to be ready to fight for the yellow bib. I wanted to ski good today. I was very motivated to succeed again.The course was very soft but I think it was the same for everybody. There was not a big difference during the laps.

Daniel Richardsson SWE
It took me while to find the right way to ski. The course was soft and icy in the corners. But at the end it was fine, I was happy to race this competition. It’s great to keep the good shape and I am looking forward to the last competitions this season.

Alexander Legkov RUS
It was not easy to concentrate on the World Cup again after the gold medal in Sochi. I am happy I could still keep the good shape. I felt very good today and I am glad to finish on the podium again. I look forward to the next competitions.

OFFICIAL RESULTS - Men's 15 km free technique

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR   33:05.5 
2. RICHARDSSON Daniel SWE         +10.7 
3. LEGKOV Alexander RUS                +11.2 
4. GLOEERSEN Anders NOR             +45.3 
5. KROGH Finn NOR                          +49.5

Complete results are available HERE

Overall World Cup standing
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR 1127 pts
2. Chris Andre Jespersen NOR       739 pts
3. Alexander Legkov RUS              686 pts

Distance World Cup standing
1. Martin Johnsrud Sudby NOR    441 pts
2. Alexander Legkov RUS             378 pts
3. Chris Andre Jespersen NOR     354 pts

Overall standings can be found at www.fis-ski.com/cross-country