World sports elite deliver exciting races on the banks of the Elbe

News - 11.01.2020

As in 2019, a Swede was at the top of the podium in the women's individual races. The only 20-year-old Linn Svahn celebrated her second World Cup victory at the CitySprint on the Königsufer. Anamarija Lampic from Slovenia landed behind her in front of Svahn's teammate Maja Dahlqvist.

Over 2500 enthusiastic spectators watched the third COOP FIS cross-country skiing sprint World Cup on the Königsufer in Dresden today. Without the presence of sprint superstar Johannes Klaebo, it was ultimately the Frenchman Lucas Chanavat who prevailed on the 650 meter long course directly on the banks of the Elbe. For the 25-year-old Frenchman, it was the second World Cup victory of the current season.
Chanavat: “This is my third time here, as always it was a great atmosphere. The scenery is great and there were many spectators again. It’s really fantastic. The track was a little different than in previous years, but in my opinion it made the race even better. I'm a little sad that Klaebo was not there. But I think we’ll see some exciting fights this season. ”
The Norwegian previous year's winner Sindre Bjoernestad Skar came second, ahead of Sweden's Johan Haeggstroem. The favorite Federcio Pelligrino fell in the quarter-finals and ended up only in 27th place. For the Italian, as in the previous year, the hope of a podium finish came to an end early.

For the German team, the quarter-finals were over. Coletta Rydzek, second in the 100 meter Super Sprint the day before, finished 15th as the best German. Ski World Cup title face Nadine Herrmann reached 24th, but it was still a complete success for her.
“It was a great event again. If you ask me, the best edition of the COOP FIS cross-country skiing sprint World Cup Dresden so far with the best route yet. ”The route was 650 meters long this year and was completed by the athletes in two laps. For Herrmann, despite the retirement, it was a decisive race in the course of the season: “For me, my time in the prologue was my personal best today. There is still room for improvement, but I am glad that I managed to put it on the snow today. However, my quarter-finals could still be expanded. I had trouble following the best. We're still analyzing that today. But the motivation for the second round tomorrow is high. "
Anne Winkler from Sayda finished 16th. Sofi Krehl finished 28th. Max Olex was the best German on place 34. Maxim Cervinka ranked on place 62nd. Local hero Richard Leupold was 64th.

The World Cup organizers are satisfied with the first day of the event. René Kindermann: “As always, it was a great atmosphere on the banks of the Elbe. The long-awaited sun finally came out on time for the finals. ”

Tomorrow we will continue with the team sprints on the Königsufer from 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the major sports event will also be available tomorrow from 10 euros.

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