RacingWorld CupBjorgen, Smigun, Paruzzi Podium In Val Di Fiemme Pursuit

FasterSkier FasterSkierDecember 11, 2004

Val di Fiemme – Marit Bjoergen (NOR) and Axel Teichmann (GER), the two leaders of the overall World Cup, are the two big winners of the pursuit race in Val di Fiemme. The Norwegian, who was already known as the world's best sprinter, is showing this season that she is also one of the best distance skiers in the world.

Wendy Wagner of the US was 57th.



Bjorgen outsprints Smigun – from www.newspower.it


The Finnish Kuitunen was the leader when the race started but Bjoergen, during the second lap, started to control the race: she gained the leadership of the race only the first section in skating. Smigun hoped till the end to sprint in the final meters, but Bjoergen rarely loses a sprint these days, and ended up with an advantage of a second. Paruzzi crossed the finish line with her arms raised, then she fell down crying. She ran to embrace Sabina Valbusa, then her ski technician and also her coach Pizio.

Canada’s Sara Renner knew it was going to be more like an episode of Gladiators than a cross-country ski race when she suited up for the race.

But the 28-year-old Canmore, Alta. resident put her head down, elbows up, and was ready for all challengers in the mass start loaded with 60 of the world’s top women skiers. Renner twisted and turned her way through the scattered bodies and flying poles on the start, and went on to finish 19th in the event with a time of 40 minutes 53 seconds.

“I started on the sixth line and there was lots of tangling up at the beginning so I’m happy I reached my goal of the top-20, ” said Renner, who explained the pursuit race combines 7.5 kilometres of classic skiing with an additional 7.5 kilometres of skate skiing. Racers enter a transition area in between the two disciplines while the clock is still ticking. “It is really an exciting event for spectators, but it can be frustrating. If you can get through the start clean then it comes down to a sprint to the finish, and I made up a lot of ground today in my finish.”

Losing valuable time in the transition area, and recognizing the need to practice more on that part of the race, Renner began the skate-skiing portion of the event under sunny skies and perfect racing conditions in 24th spot.

“You have to be really patient in this discipline and stay with a good pack to wait for your chances,” said the two-time Olympian. “I just put my head down and stayed with a fast group and was able to make up five spots in the end. If I can now keep pace with an even faster group, which I’m confident I can, then I’m going to see my results improve.”

Today everything has been excellent. The sky was blue, the weather mild and the snow was wonderful. Tomorrow the relay races will take place and especially among men there could be a new Italian podium. Among men Germany is the favorite team and among women the Norwegians boasts a well trained Bjoergen.

RESULTS

Results Women – 15 km Pursuit:

1 Bjoergen Marit NOR 39:22.7 0.0
2 Smigun Kristina EST 39:23.7 +1.0
3 Paruzzi Gabriella ITA 39:30.3 +7.6
4 Baranova-Masolkina Natalia RUS 39:31.4 +8.7
5 Pedersen Hilde G. NOR 39:31.8 +9.1
6 Kuitunen Virpi FIN 39:59.5 +36.8
7 Lassila Riitta Liisa FIN 39:59.9 +37.2
8 Tchepalova Julija RUS 40:01.7 +39.0
9 Kuenzel Claudia GER 40:02.8 +40.1
10 Majdic Petra SLO 40:05.6 +42.9
11 Kurkina Larisa RUS 40:10.0 +47.3
12 Neumannova Katerina CZE 40:25.4 +1:02.7
13 Medvedeva-Abruzova Evgenia RUS 40:28.8 +1:06.1
14 Bjoernaas Kine Beate NOR 40:39.1 +1:16.4
15 Steira Kristin NOR 40:40.2 +1:17.5
16 Kowalczyk Justyna POL 40:41.5 +1:18.8
17 Jatskaja Oxana KAZ 40:47.7 +1:25.0
18 Valbusa Sabina ITA 40:52.3 +1:29.6
19 Renner Sara CAN 40:53.0 +1:30.3
20 Artemova Irina RUS 40:53.4 +1:30.7
Saarinen Aino Kaisa FIN 40:53.7 +1:31.0
Vaelimaa Kirsi FIN 40:53.8 +1:31.1
23 Sachenbacher Evi GER 40:54.6 +1:31.9
24 Storti Aurelie FRA 40:59.1 +1:36.4
25 Korosteleva Natalia RUS 41:00.7 +1:38.0
26 Bauer Viola GER 41:20.9 +1:58.2
27 Follis Arianna ITA 41:21.7 +1:59.0
28 Malahova Svetlana KAZ 41:22.3 +1:59.6
29 Yokoyama Sumiko JPN 41:30.5 +2:07.8
30 Muerer Stemland Kristin NOR 41:32.6 +2:09.9
31 Rochat Laurence SUI 41:43.2 +2:20.5
32 Bourgeois Pin Elodie FRA 41:44.7 +2:22.0
33 Rajdlova Kamila CZE 41:44.9 +2:22.2
34 Boehler Stefanie GER 41:45.1 +2:22.4
35 Jakimchuk Vita UKR 41:48.4 +2:25.7
36 Confortola Antonella ITA 41:49.3 +2:26.6
37 Balatkova Erbenova Helena CZE 41:50.2 +2:27.5
38 Philippot Karine FRA 42:10.8 +2:48.1
39 Vorontsova Ekaterina RUS 42:12.3 +2:49.6
40 Salonen Satu FIN 42:14.0 +2:51.3
41 Santer Stephanie ITA 42:30.3 +3:07.6
42 Swiden Kina SWE 42:40.3 +3:17.6
43 Mischol Seraina SUI 42:40.8 +3:18.1
44 Zjatikova Natalja BLR 42:41.3 +3:18.6
45 Soneta Chizuru JPN 42:41.7 +3:19.0
46 Ek Elin SWE 42:52.9 +3:30.2
47 Sannikova Alena BLR 42:53.3 +3:30.6
48 Santer Anna ITA 42:53.9 +3:31.2
49 Zavalij Tatjana UKR 42:57.6 +3:34.9
50 Ishida Masako JPN 43:03.8 +3:41.1
51 Moroder Karin ITA 43:04.7 +3:42.0
52 Zjatikova Vera BLR 43:05.2 +3:42.5
53 Genuin Magda ITA 43:17.8 +3:55.1
54 Gjoemle Ella NOR 43:20.2 +3:57.5
55 Starostina Daria KAZ 43:22.6 +3:59.9
56 Smigun Katrin EST 43:29.5 +4:06.8
57 Wagner Wendy Kay USA 43:49.4 +4:26.7
58 Prochazkova Alena SVK 44:06.4 +4:43.7
59 Domeij Sofia SWE 44:43.6 +5:20.9
60 Nesterenko Lada UKR 45:49.6 +6:26.9

Source: Mario Fachinni – www.newspower.it , Cross Country Canada

     

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