Marit Bjoergen writes history in Rybinsk as she claims 50th World Cup win in her career. Bjoergen dominated the 10 km free mass start. Runner up Charlotte Kalla lost on the winner +4.1 sec. Marthe Kristoffersen was fighting hard with Therese Johaug to the finish line and sent her to the fourth place by a tip of her ski boot.
Justyna Kowalczyk was in command for the first half of the race and won the only intermediate bonus point sprint in the third lap. Nine athletes broke away from the field. Before the last lap Charlotte Kalla and Marit Bjoergen opened up a gap, which proved to be decisive.
Kalla and Bjoergen went together to the last lap with a comfortable margin on chasing Therese Johaug and Marthe Kristoffersen. Bjoergen was following the Olympic champion from Sweden all the way to the stadium and was looking comfortable and strong.
In the last curve before the finishing straight Marit Bjoergen took the lead in Petter Northug's style and quickly went ahead of Charlotte Kalla who could not follow. Marit Bjoergen went comfortable to the finish and claimed 50th World Cup win in her career. Justyna Kowalczyk finished 7th +38.9 seconds off the pace.
With her victory Marit Bjoergen took away the current Overall World Cup lead from Justyna Kowalczyk who had for a few days after the sprint in Moscow.
Marit Bjoergen NOR
I’m happy to get back the yellow bip. I was in a good shape today and my skis were also very good. Me and Charlotte made a gap and I knew she wag a good sprinter so I had to keep in pace with her. Spectators here are amazing. You feel their support and it’s very important. I’m looking forward for tomorrow’s race because I feel myself really well at the moment. After the Norwegian Championships I stayed three days at home on the sofa to recover and I am happy that I am now back in shape.
Charlotte Kalla SWE
I’m glad for my second place. I decided I would go relaxed during the whole race but for the last lap. In the last lap I worked hard not only in the last uphill. I felt I was strong enough and we made a gap. I liked the audience here and the place itself is very nice.
Marthe Kristoffersen NOR
I’m happy about my podium. It’s my first time in Russia and I like the place very much. The course is good. But it was very cold today so my hands and feets were a bit numb and it wasn’t comfortable of course. But I did my best.