Superior Johaug and Jespersen on Sunday in Beitostoelen
Therese Johaug was completely superior in Sunday's 10 km Classic in Beitostoelen. Defending Overall World Cup winner Marit Bjoergen finished second but lost on the winner vast +52 seconds. Youngster Heidi Weng claimed third place. "I've never been so good in classic," Johaug said to langrenn.com.
"This was awesome. She skied fast all parts of the course. It was probably the best competition. Perhaps even better than her victory in 30 km Free at the World Championships in Oslo 2011," ladies head coach Egil Kristiansen commented on langrenn.com.
Therese Johaug rounded out the successful appearance at the Norwegian national opening with a victory after first place in Friday's 10 km Free and Saturday's 4th place in the classical sprint.
Chris Andre Jespersen wins 15 km Classic Men
Just before the start of the 15 km Classic men Chris Andre Jespersen got the news he would not be lined up for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup opener in Gällivare. And the 29-year old skier replied in the best possible way, victory. "I did not know it before the competition today. I was upset of course, but it was totally fair. I skied badly on Friday. It's a pity, Gällivare is my favourite place," Jespersen said to langrenn.com.
On Friday Jespersen struggled with a kick. On Sunday a completely new Jespersen was to be seen on the courses of Beitostoelen as he powered to victory in 15 km Classic. Jespersen won in 38:39.4 and edged out Paal Golberg by 14 seconds. Martin Johnsrud Sundby took third position. "On Friday I was disappointed so today it's a big relief," Jespersen commented. Jespersen was not the only surprise of the day as sprint specialist Paal Golberg claimed the second place.
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