Drawn to come out last after winning the opening sprint event in Finland, not having anyone to chase didn’t affect Bjoergen one bit as she stormed to a comprehensive victory.
The 32-year-old triple Olympic champion executed the perfect race to win in a time of 12:02.9 with the winning margin over American Kikkan Randall in second a massive 22.7 seconds.
With the Ruka Triple counting as just one World Cup as opposed to three separate ones, Bjoergen didn’t add to her career haul of 56 wins but she isn’t far away from doing so in Kuusamo.
Yulia Tchekaleva set the early pace in Finland after clocking 12:27.4 however that looked like being beaten by Therese Johaug when she reached the 3.1km mark with the Norwegian eight seconds ahead.
However she lost a considerable amount of time from the top of the climb to the finish and had to make do with fourth 3.1 behind Tchekaleva, who was to be knocked off top spot by Randall.
Randall timed her race well however it was nothing compared to Bjoergen who never looked troubled around the Kuusamo course with just the 10km classical pursuit left to take the Ruka Triple title.
Bjoergen’s overall time stands at 14:15.7 with Randall in second but a further 52.7 down on the Norwegian while Finland’s Krista Lahteenmaki is third 58.5 behind overall.
“I was feeling very good. I felt like my skis were very good and that it was going to be my day,” said Bjoergen. “I am really happy with this race and everything was perfect.
“I wanted to speed up from the beginning, I knew I had a six-second lead early in the race and then it was 15 and then 22 and I knew it was going to be my day.”