(Otepää, Estonia 19 February 2017) - In the final World Cup competition before the start of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland Marit Bjoergen of Norway won her 106th World Cup in dominant fashion. Bjoergen won the ladies' 10 km classic interval start competition in Otepää, Estonia by 26 seconds over Sweden's Charlotte Kalla who took second place and 57.2 seconds ahead of the Overall World Cup leader Heidi Weng in third. Both Bjoergen and Kalla have competed selectively this season with Bjoergen returning from pregnancy and Kalla coming back from a health scare during week one in Ruka, Finland. However, both showed they are race ready with the start of Lahti 2017 just 4 days away.
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
I had a good training in the last period. Already at the Norwegian nationals I knew I was in a good shape. Conditions were tricky today but the course was a good test before the World Championships.
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
I came to Otepää after the high altitude training camp. I felt very good today. I had amazing skis. The hills in Otepää are really tough.
Heidi Weng (NOR)
Marit was amazing today. She was way too fast for me.
LADIES - 10 km classic
1. BJOERGEN Marit 1980 NOR 29:59.0
2. KALLA Charlotte 1987 SWE +26.5
3. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +57.2
4. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +1:17.4
5. KOWALCZYK Justyna 1983 POL +1:19.7