Sundby (NOR) takes the final stage of Ruka Triple

01 December 2013 13:21
Martin Johnsrud Sundby
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Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby has won today's final stage of the Ruke Triple and with that he is the overall mini-tour champion.  As well he now is the Overall World Cup leader heading into the Lillehammer next week.  Russia's Alexander Legkov lifted the pace halfway through the final lap to split the lead pack of over 10 skiers down to just three.  On the homestretch the competition was decided with Sundby in the lead, Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia in second and Legkov in third.

  • 3rd World Cup win for Martin Johnsrud Sundby
  • Sundby also won the 15 km C in Kuusamo in 2008
  • A big pack of athletes skied together
  • Russia's Alexander Legkov lifted the pace halfway through the final lap to split the lead pack of over 10 skiers down to just three 
  • On the homestretch the competition was settled with Sundby in the lead, Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia in second and Legkov in third
  • The fastest man of today’s competition was USA’s Noah Hoffman 
ATHLETE QUOTES

Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
The race went a bit different as I expected. I thought there would be more smaller groups but at the end it turned the opposite. Alexander lifted the pace in the last kilometres. I trained a lot during the summer with my brother to improve my finish. I focused on the last meters on the home stretch.

Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
It was a tough competition. Me and Alexander were pushing hard in the last lap to speed up the pace. 

Alexander Legkov (RUS)
I am happy about the third place. My shape has been good and the result today gave me confidence for the next moths. Olympics is the biggest goal for me but I also hope I will be in a good shape for the Tour de Ski. 

RESULTS

FIS Cross-Country World Cup Kuusamo (FIN)
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 36:50.6
2. Maxim Vylehgzhanin (RUS) +0.1
3. Alexander Legkov (RUS) +0.6

Overall World Cup Standing
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 255 pts
2. Maxim Vylehgzhanin (RUS) 220 pts
3. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 183 pts

Complete results available HERE.