KIkkan Randall rules in Düsseldorf. UPDATED
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Kikkan Randall of USA triumphed in the free technique sprint at the Rhine river.
Kikkand Randall has carried on the momentum from Scandinavia and ruled toda's free technique sprint in Düsseldorf. The US sensation produced a powerfull finish and rolled over Russia's Natalia Matveeva. Switzerland's Laurien Van Der Graaf is the surprise of the day in third place.
Randall qualified in tenth best time for the quarterfinals. In the heats she had full control over the development of the race went through all the way up to the finals. Sweden's Hanna Brodin put down Riikka Sarasoja Lilja in the first corner after the start. Brodin fell off the pace in the flat section and it was all about Randall, Matveeva, Crawford and Van der Graaf.
Natalia Matveeva was pushing hard and was leading the field. Kikkan Randall was closely behind. In the finishing straight Randall accelerated rapidly and was storming without using poles to the finish and eged out the Russian. Laurien Van Der Graaf stormed suprisingly to third place having scored the first podium for Switzerland at World Cup in ladies' class since 1987.
Kikkan Randall USA
"It was fun to race in Düsseldorf. I stayed a bit behind and attacked out of the last curve in the slight downhill towards the finish. The course is challenging, you have to work all the time. Tomorrow I will race with one of my younger team mate and we will give our best to perform as best as we can."
Natalia Matveeva RUS
I like Düsseldorf, I was often here on the podium and love the course. Here are also always a lot of Russian fans and cheering for us.
Laurien van der Graaf SUI
It was an amazing day. I even can not realize it until now. I had a great day, all went well from the prologue to the quarterfinal, semi final and final. I enjoyed racing and on the last few meters I just thought I do not want to get fourth, I want to be on the podium. Now I'm looking forward to the next races, especially the sprint next Sunday in Davos
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