After the classical mass starts competitions on Saturday, it is now time for team event, 4x5 km ladies and 4x10 km men. Several teams will be missing on the start line today including Switzerland and Canada. For the Swiss only Dario Cologna and Curdin Perl were lined up for the World Cup weekend in Nove Mesto.
13.500 fans were cheering on the athletes in yesterday's competitions and even bigger audience is expected. "It was a great atmosphere in the woods during the mass start competitions in Nove Mesto yesterday, the local fans love the nordic sports," FIS Cross-Country Race Directot Jürg Capol says.
Relay competitions are traditional highlights in Nove Mesto and Cross-Country skiing fans are looking forward to two thrilling races. "Today we have the second relay in the season, Olympic winner Sweden against the World Champion Norway... or could it be Russia or somebody else who will win the men’s relay?" Jürg Capol says.
On the ladies' side the team to beat is definitely Norway. "“I am looking forward to race tomorrow again,”said Therese Johaug.”It was fun to race today, the course is great and the specators are awesome. Our team is in a good shape and it would be great to stay tomorrow on the podium together with my team mates.”