Sundby happy with victory and team success

06 December 2014 14:38
Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR
Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR -
NordicFocus

Martin Johnsrud Sundby's victory today in the 10 km free technique competition in Lillehammer, Norway capped a dominating day for the home country.  In the morning event the Norwegian ladies' swept the podium and for the men it was the same story.  Five Norwegians in the top 6 with one Swede (Calle Halfvarsson) in 4th place to break up the clean sweep.  With his win today Sundby recaptures the yellow bib as the Overall World Cup leader, the bib he wore at the end of last season and the year's best.  In second place today was Finn Haagen Krogh +2.2 from the lead.  It was his second podium in two days and now leads the overall mini-tour standings.  In third was Sjur Roethe +6.4 back.  It was his first podium since Canmore in December 2012.

 

ATHLETE QUOTES

Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
I did an even race. I tried to push hard last 2 km. I tried to collect some seconds on the last uphill where a few skiers were struggling. Everybody must have had tired legs. I am very happy about the victory but it is so nice to see my friends on the podium with me.

Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR)
Since yesterday’s prologue I felt my shape has been very good. I was ready for today. Today it was maybe better than expected. I found a good rhythm from the start. I had very good skis and I felt confident.

Sjur Røthe (NOR)
I’m really happy to be back on the podium. It is even better to be there with my good friends Finn and Martin. The last lap was quite good for me. I think I had a very good finish.

MEN'S 10 KM RESULTS 

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 22:55.8
2. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +2.2
3. ROETHE Sjur NOR +6.4
4. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE +7.9
5. DYRHAUG Niklas NOR +18.9
6. JESPERSEN Chris Andre NOR +19.5

Complete men's results available HERE

OVERALL TOUR STANDINGS after Stage 2

1. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR 25:50.3
2. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR +20.3
3. GOLBERG Paal NOR +26.6
4. ROETHE Sjur NOR +27.6
5. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE +27.7
6. DYRHAUG Niklas NOR +43.2

Overall tour standings are available HERE

Overall World Cup standing men
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 130 pts
2. Iivo Niskanen (FIN) 100 pts
3. Niklas Dyrhaug (NOR) 87 pts

U23 Helvetia ranking
1. Iivo Niskanen (FIN) 100 pts
2. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) 72 pts
3. Sondre Turvoll Fossli (NOR) 60 pts