am really happy to have my first World Cup victory this
season and my first ever in a distance competition. I'm
usually only getting a podium in a sprint so for a win in
distance is great. The success of the Russian team is perfect
here in Sweden and we are building to the Ski Tour Canada.
de Fabiani ITA
was a really hard race and it was a big group and hard to
move, but I found space on the final climb to move up the
side. On the finish stretch I was hoping to be able to get
3rd place but in the end it was second place for me. I am
not a sprinter like some of the others but maybe after 15
km I am fast enough.
Johnsrud Sundby NOR
was tough out there today. It was hard to move and I just
tried to make sure I was in position when I needed to be
at the end. I was hoping that Maurice Manificat would maybe
lift the pace and we could get a smaller group but with
1.5 km's of climbing and 2.5 km's of downhill each lap it
was hard to get away so I just fought hard in the stadium
for the podium.