Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin has won today's 15km C Mass Start race in La Clusaz (FRA) in a dramatic photo finish. His winning time of 37:11.6 was just +0.1 ahead of second place finisher Alexander Bessmertnykh (RUS). In third was Dario Cologna (SUI) +0.4 off the lead.
- 4th World Cup level win for Poltoranin in classic this season
- First World Cup podium for Alexandre Bessmertnykh
- First top 10 individual World Cup result for Bessmertnykh
- Many athletes raced on "no wax" skis.
- World Cup podium #25 for Cologna. No wins yet this season
- Hannes Dotzler (GER) ties career best result with 6th place
- Alexander Legkov still in yellow bib of World Cup overall leader, with 5th place finish today.
- Cologna now second in overall World Cup rankings.
- Petter Northug did not travel to La Clusaz.
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
It was a good race for me today. I had good skis. It is my fourth victory this year in classic. I like all distances when it is classic. I had a good rest after the Tour de Ski and I am happy that my shape was good today. I am not sure if we will have a relay team tomorrow. I will go home after La Clusaz and then to Sochi, and then to Davos to prepare for the World Cups there.
Alexander Bessmertnykh (RUS)
It was a good race for me today. It is my first World Cup podium. I am very happy. Next I will travel to Sochi for the World Cups there.
Dario Cologna (SUI)
Yes, I am satisfied with today's result. I would have liked to have my first win of the season but I am happy with third. It was a tough course and I wasn't sure how I would feel at resting from the Tour de Ski. Last year I skied very well after the Tour in Estonia and I am hoping my shape will be the same this year. We won the men's relay here two years ago with a very strong team. I am do not think we are that strong this year. Curdin Perl and I will ski first on the classic legs to get a good start.
1. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) 27:11.6
2. Alexander Bessmertnykh (RUS) +0.1
3. Dario Cologna (SUI) +0.4
OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 865 pts
2. Dario Cologna (SUI) 818 pts
3. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) 759 pts
BMW xDRIVE TROPHY STANDINGS
1. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) 154 pts
2. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) 124 pts
3. Dario Cologna (SUI) 89 pts
WEATHER AND SNOW
Light rain, Air +6.7C, snow -1.7C. Snow: compact, wet
Please not that high quality action and podium pictures from today's competitions are available for purchase through the internet portal offered by Nordic Focus, FIS Partner for photos from the Nordic Disciplines, at www.nordicfocus.com