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    • Free technique prologue in Falun

      March 15, 2012

      FIS release:
      After the Royal City Sprint arounf the castle in Stockholm and Norwegian dominance World Cup final moves to Falun for the remaining three stages. King and Queen of Mörderbacken will be found on Friday.

      "Mördarbacken means: Killerhill, the uphill was integrated for the World Championships 1993 and since then, the tough uphill in many competitions in Falun. The High difference is approx. 80 m and during the Prologue, all the hill has to be done on the first kilometre, the athletes can expect high lactate and max heart rates," FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jürg Capol explains.

      The stage 2 of the World Cup final 2012 is 2.5 km long for ladies and 3.3 km for the men. "Even the distance is short, a first decision can happen. And even Marit could do an other big step for the overall ladies ranking, but the decision isstill not done even we might wait to the last day of the finals," Jürg Capol expects.

      Some sprinters like left home like Nikolay Morilov and Alexey Petukhov from Russia. Also Emil Joensson will not continue to compete in the World Cup Final.

      Norway's Marit Bjoergen is in the lead after stagw 1 with a +1.7 advantage on the runner up Julia Ivanova of Russia. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) is sitting in third place with a gap of +8.8 sec on Marit Bjoergen. Defending World Cup winner Justyna Kowalczyk is occupying eighth place +20.9 sec behind Bjoergen.

      On the men's side Eirik Brandsdal is in the World Cup Final lead thanks to his victory in Stockholm. Brandsdal tops the current standing +2.2 ahead of Sweden's Teodor Peterson and fellow Ola Vigen Hattestad. Dario Cologna is currently in 13th place+42.6 behind the current leader. "Yes, I am not so far behind and I still feel good for the World Cup Final. I like prologues, they suit me well and I hope I can be strong tomorrow,” Dario Cologna said for FIS Cross-Country News.

      Current World Cup Final Standing after stage 1

      World Cup Final Ladies after stage 1

      World Cup Final Men after stage 1