Weng takes World Cup lead with La Clusaz win

17 December 2016 11:48
Heidi Weng NOR
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NordicFocus

Norway's Heidi Weng made the move to win on the final climb of the ladies' 10 km free technique mass start in La Clusaz, France.  That move gave her her third win of the season and the yellow World Cup leaders bib.  It was a Norwegian sweep of the podium for the first time this season.  Sweden's Stina Nilsson fought hard to break up the Norwegian trio but in the end has to settle for 4th.  Marit Bjoergen returned to the World Cup after a weekend break with a second place finish +2.1 behind Weng.  Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg took 3rd +2.9 back.  Despite the Norwegian sweep of the podium it was another strong top 10 with 5 different nations represented, and 7 in the top 15.  

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ATHLETE QUOTES 

Heidi Weng (NOR)
It is little bit surprising to win today. I saw Marit and Ingvild and I thought they passed me. It was great to see my name as the winner. I had to give everything I had left. I knew I had to be in 1st or 2nd position before the finish line.

Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
I had a good rest before La Clusaz. I felt in a very good shape. It was good there were three of us skiing together. I am happy about my performance. This is my last racing weekend before a month of training before World Cup in Ulricehamn.

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR)
It was a hard race today. I was little bit surprised to see we had a gap already in the first lap. But Stina made it back. I felt her in the back. I knew she would be strong in the finish but I had a small gap and could finish in 3rd.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES - 10 km F mass start 

1. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR 23:43.5
2. BJOERGEN Marit 1980 NOR +2.1
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +2.9
4. NILSSON Stina 1993 SWE +3.5
5. HAGA Ragnhild 1991 NOR +34.4

Complete results are available HERE.

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS 

1. WENG Heidi NOR 654 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 621
3. PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN 453
4. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 423
5. NILSSON Stina SWE 344

Complete Overall standings are available HERE