Cross-Country Skiing - Northug out, Bjoergen returns in France

Petter Northug will skip this weekend’s World Cup meeting in La Clusaz but Marit Bjoergen returns to action.

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Cross-Country Skiing - Northug out, Bjoergen returns in France
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2011 Marit Björgen Petter Northug

The Norwegian, who trails Alexander Legkov by 40 points in the World Cup standings, will not compete in the 15km mass start or the relay.

Northug, who has finished in the top three in the World Cup in each of the past four seasons but only has the 2009/10 title to his name, will focus on basic training and will participate in the Norwegian Championships the following week before the World Cup resumes in Sochi in February.

Bjoergen is back for the first time since the start of December after the three-time Olympic champion recovered from an irregular heartbeat which saw her briefly hospitalised and miss the Tour de Ski.

Norwegian squad:

Women 

Maiken Caspersen Falla

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 

Martine Ek Hagen 

Therese Johaug

Britt Ingunn Nyda

Marit Bjoergen 

Kristin Stormer Steira 

Vibeke Skofterud

Heidi Weng

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg

Men 

Didrik Tønseth

Ronny Fredrik Ansnes

Paal Golberg

Shur Røthe

Eldar Rønning  

Martin Johnsrud Sundby

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