Jens Filbrich from Germany shared the lead at the front with Ivan until Daniel Rickardsson of Sweden made a break from the group around. .
At the end of the first lap Alex and Devon were skiing together in the lead group, in 8th and 9th with Ivan close behind.
Basically living in one or the other at the moment: The Riverside is a very new one (2013).Bonus points were also available.2k and the Russians appeared to be setting themselves up to take there fair share. .The men's 15k race was run on 7 laps of a 2km course, that included 2 significant uphills and a smaller uphill approaching the finish stadium.Over the final 3 km's Kowalczyk broke away from Johaug to cruise comfortably to the finish.Canada was represented by Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov and Graham Nishikawa, with Len Valjas wizard bonus action cantrips sitting out due to a small cold and questionable for Sunday's sprints.Glad I tried tho.Skofterud seemed to get a second wind, moving easily by Saarinen and gaining significant time on Johaug before settling for 3rd.Kikkan Randall continued her excellent racing form staying in the top 10 through the main part of the race.Results, alex Harvey: "Good day for me in Rogla.C., cloudy with a fresh snowfall covering what had been bare ground only the day before.
Graham Nishikawa was in the middle of the pack in the mid 40's. .
For me a hard effort!".
Finland's Saarinin did her best to keep some contact with the leading pair with Vibeke Skofterud back a bit more off the pace in 4th.Je me suis battu pour les points bonus au deux sprint intermédiaires, ça m'a couté un peu à la fin mais quand même top 10!Stay tuned for further updates and the race Report from the Haywood NorAm Canada Cup and Para-nordic World Cup from later in the day.The field stretched out a bit after the bonus point sprint with the 3 Russians in the lead, 2 French skiers, Ivan and Alex and Dario Cologna among the top.Vylegzhanin and Legkov came through 1st and 2nd, with Belov 4th and Alex and Ivan also captured bonus points in 7th and 8th.Both are good choices for GOT but unless you work in Lindholmen or north of the river I would go for the Scandinavia.A full press release and updates will follow with athlete and coach comments.Ivan Babikov: "Surprisingly very good 15km classic race for me, 22nd, stayed @ the front of the pack for the most of the race, even got some bonus points".Also the location play free poker for real money is great as it is like 3 minutes walking from the central station and downtown shopping areas.Canada was represented by Dasha Gaiazova and Chandra Crawford with Perianne Jones sitting out the event.
Kikkan Randall finished 11th with Dasha Gaiazova 34th and Chandra Crawford 50th.