Marit Bjoergen cruised to victory in the 10km pursuit to seal her fourth World Cup Final crown in Falun, Sweden.
The triple Olympic gold medallist in Vancouver finished the mini tour in style with a comfortable win, coming home 49.3 seconds clear of Norwegian compatriot Therese Johaug, with Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla finishing third a further 22.4 seconds back.
The final day of the mini tour was marked by the withdrawal of overall World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk, who had gone into the final day in second place but was apparently suffering with health problems.
As a result, Bjoergen never looked in danger of being caught by Johaug and led from start to finish coming home in 26:39.6 minutes.
Injury at the start of the season meant that Bjoergen was never in contention for the overall World Cup title – her efforts in Falun earned her the maximum 200 World Cup points but it was not enough to overhaul American Kikkan Randall in third in the World Cup standings.
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