VIESSMANN FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Gaellivare (SWE), Individual start free technique, 18th of November 2006
Katerina Neumannova from Czech Republic and the biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen from Norway won the World Cup individual race in the free technique in Gaellivare (SWE) .
The 33-year-old Neumannova could celebrate her first World Cup victory today in GÃ¤llivare (SWE), which is situated nearly 100 km in the north of the Arctic Circle. This was in total the 17 World Cup Victory in her career. She finished clearly 24,4 seconds ahead on this 10 km course of the double Olympic Champion from Estonia, Kristina Smigun. The third place took the overall World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen from Norway. She is leading now this ranking with 160 points, 53 points ahead of the today's winner. The Ukrainian veteran Valentina Shevchenko was edged out of the top three at the last, having to make do with fourth place.