Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country at Davos (SUI) on February 04th, 2007
In today’s exciting 4 x 5 km ladies’ relay competition, the team from Sweden with Lina Andersson, Anna Karin Stroemstedt, Charlotte Kalla and Britta Norgren took the victory on the difficult courses in Davos.
Britta Norgren could won the finish sprint against Marit Bjoergen from the Norwegian team (Astrid Jacobsen, Vibeke W. Skofterud, Kirstin Stroemer Steira and Marit Bjoergen), who was 1,0 seconds behind. The third place took the team from Finland (Pirjo Manninen, Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Kati Venaelaeinen and Riitta Liisa Roponen), 28,6 seconds behind the winning team.
For the Swedish women team it was the first victory ever in a relay. Norway and Finland took the second podium place in a relay competition in this season.
In the Nations Cup is clear in the lead the Norwegians with 5953 points ahead of Russia (3957) and Germany (3799 points).
Number of participants/ participating nations: 12 teams
Weather: sunny, 1,5Â°C
Snow Conditions: hard packed
Britta Norgren (SWE): â€œI didn’t expect to have a chance against Marit on the last lap when we started our race after the third exchange nearly at the same time. Our team was today very strong and we are all very satisfied.â€
Charlotte Kalla (SWE), after the third exchange: â€œI trust Britta — she will manage the victory — she is a tough girl!â€
Marit Bjoergen (NOR): â€The race was okay, but my legs were stiff. I was nearly the whole race in the lead and that was maybe today to much. Britta is very strong in Sprint so she used the chance to attack me and was finally better than me. Congratulation to Sweden — the did a phantastic race.â€
Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN): â€œI expected more from this weekend because I was training already some days in the high altitude before. Hopefully it will be better in Sapporo.â€
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