Brilliant Bjoergen wins again
Sat, 18 Dec 16:06:00 2010
Three-time Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen continued her flying start to the FIS cross-country skiing World Cup season, securing victory in the 15km mass start in La Clusaz, France.
The 30-year-old edged out Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk by just one second to clinch victory in a time of 42:29.6 minutes for a fifth victory of the season.
Kristin Stoemer Steira of Norway completed the podium placings, coming home 10.9 seconds adrift of her compatriot.
Bjoergen's latest World Cup win sees the Norwegian extend her lead in the overall World Cup standings to 221 points.
She also moves one ahead of compatriot Bente Skari in the all-time list with 42 career victories. She now lies within three wins of the 45 victories recorded by Soviet skier Elena Vaelbe.
Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia secured victory in the men’s 30km mass start, edging out two-time Olympic champion Petter Northug of Norway in a thrilling sprint finish.
Vylegzhanin crossed the line in 1:18.53.5 hours, just 0.1 second ahead of Northug while Russian compatriot Alexander Legkov was just a further 0.2 off the pace in third.
La Clusaz : Women