Teodor Peterson storms to sprint victory in stage 1 of Ruka Triple. UPDATED

25 November 2011 12:09
Teodor Peterson finishing straight Kuusamo
Teodor Peterson finishing straight Kuusamo -

Sweden's Teodor Peterson wins the men's sprint, stage 1 of the three day event Ruka Triple.

It was a lucky day today for Teodor Peterson. The young Swede of Aasarna IK ski club won his first competition on World Cup level, having dominated the Stage 1 of Ruka Triple - Classical Sprint.

Peterson started slowly and qualified with 24th fastest time. In the finals he was confronted with some of the World's best sprinters. Olympic champions Nikita Kriukov and Oystein Pettersen. Surprise of the day was also local hero Anssi Pentsinen who won qualification earlier today and went all the way through to the finals.

Peterson attacked before the climb to the stadium and was able to open a gap on Pettersen and Kriukov. Strong finish of the Russian edged out Petersen to the third place. For Oeystein "Poelsa" Pettersen today's third palce represents first podium result since third place in Düsseldorf last year.

In spite of today's victory Teodor Peterson is not in the lead of the Ruka Triple. Nikita Kriukov is the current leader. The Russian was in total 5,5 seconds faster in the prologue then Peterson and therefore with his bonus seconds of 56 he is now 0,5 seconds ahead of the Swede in the overall mini tour ranking.

Teodor Peterson SWE

I was lucky today. Two good races before final made me fast in the end. Tomorrow I will do my best but I don’t have the same expectations than today.

Nikita Kriukov RUS

I am very glad because the race was very good. Now I am the leader of the Triple Tour and of course it is very good for me. I will try Tour de Ski but I am focusing on sprint races.

Oystein Pettersen NOR

Very good race for me today. Last year I had lots of expectations but this year I try to be more relaxed.  Tomorrow I will have my first long-distance race for years. I have heard that tracks here are very easy, so it will be lots of fun tomorrow (laugh).