Friday, November 28, 2003 - Results
Aukland, Shevchenko win World Cup Classic in Finland

Anders Aukland returned from sickness last week to win the first World Cup race of the season for the Norwegians. Aukland improved steadily through the tightly fought 15km classic race to win in a time of 37 minutes and 35.4 seconds, 8.5 seconds ahead of country-man Jens Svartendal. Svartendal, normally known as a classic sprint specialist, recorded the best distance result of his career. His previous best was 6th, although he was won four classic sprint World Cups. Anders Soedergren of Sweden rounded out the top three 9.9 seconds back. Only 30 seconds separated the top 14.

American Kris Freeman continued to show his strong form, finishing in 20th position, just 43.7 seconds behind the race winner. This is the second time Freeman has scored World Cup points in as many attempts this season, and it is likely that his form will continue to improve over the next few weeks as he becomes acclimated to European racing. Lars Flora finished in 72nd position 2 minutes and 23.5 seconds behind and Carl Swenson was 74th 2 minutes and 29.9 seconds behind.

In the women's 10km classic it was another first, with Ukranian Valentina Shevchenko taking her first career World Cup win in a time of 27 minutes and 13.2 seconds, 15.5 seconds ahead of second place finisher Vibeke Skofterud of Norway. Last weekends Estonian winner Kristina Smigun finished 3rd at 16.9 seconds back.

No North American women contested the event.

There were also some surprising results in the men's race. While Swedish star Per Elofsson announced earlier this week that he would not race in Kuusamo choosing to instead focus on training for the central European World Cups in December, other favourites were far down the results sheet. German Axel Teichmann managed only 11th after comments earlier this week that he would be pushing for a podium position. Matthis Fredriksson, last season's World Cup champion was 9th as he continues to struggle to find his eary season form of last year, and normal World Cup contenders Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset, Martin Koukal and Lucas Bauer managed only 45th, 48th and 55th.

Complete Results:

Men's 15km Classic - Kuusamo, Finland
1 88 Aukland Anders NOR *12:44:00 37:35.4 0.0
2 77 Svartedal Jens Arne NOR *12:38:30 37:43.9 +8.5
3 83 Soedergren Anders SWE 12:41:30 37:45.3 +9.9
4 74 Veerpalu Andrus EST *12:37:00 37:45.6 +10.2
5 75 Angerer Tobias GER *12:37:30 37:47.0 +11.6
6 47 Pankratov Nikolai RUS *12:23:30 37:49.9 +14.5
7 82 Estil Frode NOR *12:41:00 37:52.2 +16.8
8 27 Checchi Valerio ITA *12:13:30 37:55.5 +20.1
9 90 Fredriksson Mathias SWE *12:45:00 37:57.9 +22.5
10 73 Sommerfeldt Rene GER *12:36:30 37:59.7 +24.3
11 87 Teichmann Axel GER 12:43:30 38:01.4 +26.0
12 70 Di Centa Giorgio ITA *12:35:00 38:04.1 +28.7
13 49 Bajcicak Martin SVK *12:24:30 38:05.3 +29.9
14 30 Noutrikhine Andrei RUS *12:15:00 38:06.2 +30.8
15 51 Carrara Bruno ITA *12:25:30 38:08.4 +33.0
16 85 Rotchev Vassili RUS *12:42:30 38:09.4 +34.0
17 81 Mae Jaak EST *12:40:30 38:12.8 +37.4
18 54 Novikov Serguei RUS *12:27:00 38:15.3 +39.9
19 79 Fredriksson Thobias SWE *12:39:30 38:16.5 +41.1
20 44 Freeman Kris USA *12:22:00 38:19.1 +43.7
21 58 Ivanov Mikhail RUS *12:29:00 38:21.6 +46.2
22 71 Schluetter Andreas GER *12:35:30 38:21.8 +46.4
23 72 Piller Cottrer Pietro ITA *12:36:00 38:22.6 +47.2
24 89 Filbrich Jens GER 12:44:30 38:27.7 +52.3
25 17 Ossinkine Dmitri RUS *12:08:30 38:28.4 +53.0
26 65 Bjonviken Tore NOR *12:32:30 38:30.5 +55.1
27 29 Jauhojaervi Sami FIN *12:14:30 38:34.4 +59.0
28 24 Stebler Christian SUI *12:12:00 38:36.8 +1:01.4
29 52 Burgermeister Reto SUI *12:26:00 38:37.4 +1:02.0
30 86 Batory Ivan SVK 12:43:00 38:37.7 +1:02.3
31 91 Valbusa Fulvio ITA 12:45:30 38:39.2 +1:03.8
32 60 Repo Sami FIN *12:30:00 38:39.3 +1:03.9
33 84 Skjeldal Kristen NOR *12:42:00 38:39.9 +1:04.5
34 42 Chebotko Nikolay KAZ *12:21:00 38:40.8 +1:05.4
35 35 Komamura Shunsuke JPN *12:17:30 38:45.1 +1:09.7
36 67 Vittoz Vincent FRA *12:33:30 38:45.6 +1:10.2
37 23 Ohtonen Olli FIN *12:11:30 38:49.9 +1:14.5
38 38 Vilissov Vladimir RUS *12:19:00 38:50.4 +1:15.0
39 10 Kurttila Keijo FIN *12:05:00 38:54.6 +1:19.2
40 33 Aasen Geir Ludvig NOR *12:16:30 38:57.7 +1:22.3
41 63 Similae Tero FIN *12:31:30 38:57.8 +1:22.4
42 22 Revin Victor RUS *12:11:00 39:00.5 +1:25.1
43 20 Saracco Cristian ITA *12:10:00 39:01.2 +1:25.8
44 39 Isometsae Jari FIN *12:19:30 39:01.8 +1:26.4
45 92 Hjelmeset Odd-Bjoern NOR *12:46:00 39:02.5 +1:27.1
46 46 Golovko Andrei KAZ *12:23:00 39:04.7 +1:29.3
47 9 Morko Juha FIN *12:04:30 39:05.2 +1:29.8
48 68 Koukal Martin CZE *12:34:00 39:05.5 +1:30.1
49 14 Eremenko Dimirij KAZ *12:07:00 39:05.6 +1:30.2
50 56 Taipale Kuisma FIN *12:28:00 39:07.5 +1:32.1
51 59 Leybyuk Roman UKR *12:29:30 39:07.9 +1:32.5
52 28 Imai Hiroyuki JPN *12:14:00 39:09.5 +1:34.1
53 43 Rupnik Vasja SLO *12:21:30 39:10.0 +1:34.6
54 80 Bjerkeli Haavard NOR *12:40:00 39:10.5 +1:35.1
55 78 Bauer Lukas CZE *12:39:00 39:12.3 +1:36.9
56 11 Palolahti Ari FIN *12:05:30 39:13.3 +1:37.9
57 76 Brink Joergen SWE *12:38:00 39:16.7 +1:41.3
58 12 Kurunmaeki Veli-Pekka FIN *12:06:00 39:18.2 +1:42.8
59 55 Olle Raul EST *12:27:30 39:24.6 +1:49.2
60 31 Koch Beat SUI *12:15:30 39:26.5 +1:51.1
61 25 Costantin Pierluigi ITA *12:12:30 39:32.6 +1:57.2
61 48 Odnodvortsev Maxim KAZ *12:24:00 39:32.6 +1:57.2
63 64 Schwienbacher Freddy ITA *12:32:00 39:33.5 +1:58.1
64 69 Pyykoenen Lauri FIN *12:34:30 39:35.5 +2:00.1
65 6 Heikkinen Matti FIN *12:03:00 39:37.1 +2:01.7
66 61 Onda Yuichi JPN *12:30:30 39:42.9 +2:07.5
67 40 Sperl Milan CZE *12:20:00 39:43.0 +2:07.6
68 3 Enlund Johan FIN *12:01:30 39:46.2 +2:10.8
69 57 Narusk Priit EST *12:28:30 39:51.6 +2:16.2
70 66 Magal Jiri CZE *12:33:00 39:55.6 +2:20.2
71 18 Peltotalo Jani FIN *12:09:00 39:56.0 +2:20.6
72 16 Flora Lars USA *12:08:00 39:58.9 +2:23.5
73 62 Ebisawa Katsuhito JPN *12:31:00 40:02.2 +2:26.8
74 37 Swenson Carl USA *12:18:30 40:05.3 +2:29.9
75 15 Yamagishi Osamu JPN *12:07:30 40:06.8 +2:31.4
76 19 Jallai Erki EST *12:09:30 40:06.9 +2:31.5
77 34 Rehemaa Aivar EST *12:17:00 40:09.0 +2:33.6
78 26 Perrillat Christophe FRA *12:13:00 40:17.1 +2:41.7
79 2 Salo Jukka FIN *12:01:00 40:17.2 +2:41.8
80 7 Pekkala Jukka FIN *12:03:30 40:19.5 +2:44.1
81 13 Ratilainen Jouni FIN *12:06:30 40:27.1 +2:51.7
82 4 Maentylae Jukka-Pekka FIN *12:02:00 40:29.0 +2:53.6
83 50 Krezelok Janusz POL *12:25:00 40:33.6 +2:58.2
84 8 Emet Ronnie FIN *12:04:00 40:37.1 +3:01.7
85 32 Olschanski Vladimir UKR *12:16:00 40:44.8 +3:09.4
86 53 Gaillard Jean Marc FRA *12:26:30 40:54.9 +3:19.5
87 36 Nikon Gennadiy UKR *12:18:00 40:56.9 +3:21.5
88 1 Kalliokoski Jari FIN *12:00:30 41:01.7 +3:26.3
89 45 Gumenyak Mikhail UKR *12:22:30 41:05.8 +3:30.4
90 5 Kittilae Kusti FIN *12:02:30 41:09.0 +3:33.6
91 41 Kreczmer Maciej POL *12:20:30 41:28.7 +3:53.3
92 21 Chauvet Benoit FRA *12:10:30 41:50.8 +4:15.4

Women's 10km Classic - Kuusamo, Finland
1 72 Shevchenko Valentina UKR *11:06:00 27:13.2 0.0
2 70 Skofterud Vibeke W. NOR *11:05:00 27:28.7 +15.5
3 76 Smigun Kristina EST *11:08:00 27:30.1 +16.9
4 71 Bjoergen Marit NOR *11:05:30 27:45.7 +32.5
5 60 Savialova Olga RUS *11:00:00 27:49.4 +36.2
6 58 Paruzzi Gabriella ITA *10:59:00 27:57.6 +44.4
7 69 Kuitunen Virpi FIN *11:04:30 27:58.1 +44.9
8 65 Pedersen Hilde G. NOR *11:02:30 27:58.8 +45.6
9 67 Vaelimaa Kirsi FIN *11:03:30 28:09.7 +56.5
10 57 Kuenzel Claudia GER *10:58:30 28:15.4 +1:02.2
11 62 Saarinen Aino Kaisa FIN *11:01:00 28:17.3 +1:04.1
12 51 Salonen Satu FIN *10:55:30 28:22.3 +1:09.1
13 4 Malvalehto Mona-Liisa FIN *10:32:00 28:27.8 +1:14.6
14 59 Sachenbacher Evi GER *10:59:30 28:28.6 +1:15.4
15 30 Vorontsova Ekaterina RUS *10:45:00 28:35.1 +1:21.9
16 56 Sidko Alena RUS *10:58:00 28:37.5 +1:24.3
17 44 Yokoyama Sumiko JPN *10:52:00 28:41.3 +1:28.1
18 75 Ek Elin SWE *11:07:30 28:42.7 +1:29.5
19 40 Dahlberg Anna SWE *10:50:00 28:44.8 +1:31.6
20 73 Vasilieva Lillia RUS *11:06:30 28:45.9 +1:32.7
21 61 Manninen Pirjo FIN *11:00:30 28:48.6 +1:35.4
22 66 Viljanmaa Annmari FIN *11:03:00 28:48.8 +1:35.6
23 7 Hietamaeki Elina FIN *10:33:30 28:49.2 +1:36.0
24 63 Henkel Manuela GER *11:01:30 28:51.7 +1:38.5
25 42 Jatskaja Oxana KAZ *10:51:00 28:51.8 +1:38.6
26 20 Kurkina Larisa RUS *10:40:00 28:53.6 +1:40.4
27 50 Bjoernaas Kine Beate NOR *10:55:00 28:54.2 +1:41.0
28 55 Longa Marianna ITA *10:57:30 28:55.6 +1:42.4
29 16 Ishida Masako JPN *10:38:00 28:56.6 +1:43.4
30 3 Loukkola Marjo FIN *10:31:30 28:58.0 +1:44.8
31 37 Boehler Stefanie GER *10:48:30 28:58.1 +1:44.9
32 46 Zjatikova Natalja BLR *10:53:00 28:58.8 +1:45.6
33 28 Kowalczyk Justyna POL *10:44:00 29:00.9 +1:47.7
34 43 Roaldseth Marit NOR *10:51:30 29:03.9 +1:50.7
35 41 Fukuda Nobuko JPN *10:50:30 29:07.5 +1:54.3
36 33 Hahina Evgenia RUS *10:46:30 29:08.2 +1:55.0
37 45 Handler Mariana SWE *10:52:30 29:08.9 +1:55.7
38 77 Venaelaeinen Kati FIN *11:08:30 29:09.2 +1:56.0
39 47 Malahova Svetlana KAZ *10:53:30 29:12.3 +1:59.1
40 34 Steira Kristin NOR *10:47:00 29:13.2 +2:00.0
41 53 Perminova Inga RUS *10:56:30 29:13.9 +2:00.7
42 54 Artemova Irina RUS *10:57:00 29:15.0 +2:01.8
43 6 Jauho Milla FIN *10:33:00 29:18.9 +2:05.7
44 10 Sarasoja Riikka FIN *10:35:00 29:21.1 +2:07.9
45 32 Zjatikova Vera BLR *10:46:00 29:21.4 +2:08.2
46 25 Muerer Stemland Kristin NOR *10:42:30 29:21.5 +2:08.3
47 17 Kelder Christina ITA *10:38:30 29:23.0 +2:09.8
48 74 Bauer Viola GER *11:07:00 29:27.1 +2:13.9
49 39 Balatkova Helena CZE *10:49:30 29:28.2 +2:15.0
50 64 Majdic Petra SLO *11:02:00 29:29.5 +2:16.3
51 38 Confortola Antonella ITA *10:49:00 29:30.6 +2:17.4
52 36 Kolomina Elena KAZ *10:48:00 29:31.2 +2:18.0
53 22 Kalugina Elena BLR *10:41:00 29:35.5 +2:22.3
54 52 Storti Aurelie FRA *10:56:00 29:35.6 +2:22.4
55 31 Peltonen Heli FIN *10:45:30 29:40.3 +2:27.1
56 18 Gjoemle Ella NOR *10:39:00 29:40.5 +2:27.3
57 23 Genuin Magda ITA *10:41:30 29:43.8 +2:30.6
58 49 Rochat Laurence SUI *10:54:30 29:44.1 +2:30.9
59 68 Olsson Jenny SWE *11:04:00 29:45.2 +2:32.0
60 14 Hietakangas Niina FIN *10:37:00 29:47.3 +2:34.1
61 21 Starostina Daria KAZ *10:40:30 29:51.9 +2:38.7
62 29 Ohrstig Emelie SWE *10:44:30 29:54.2 +2:41.0
63 11 Korander Marjo FIN *10:35:30 29:56.8 +2:43.6
64 1 Vahviala Mari FIN *10:30:30 30:08.0 +2:54.8
65 27 Jakimchuk Vita UKR *10:43:30 30:10.3 +2:57.1
66 26 Bourgeois Pin Elodie FRA *10:43:00 30:13.0 +2:59.8
67 12 Poellaenen Johanna FIN *10:36:00 30:15.2 +3:02.0
68 15 Porvari Pirjo FIN *10:37:30 30:27.1 +3:13.9
69 13 Peraelae Kirsi FIN *10:36:30 30:27.7 +3:14.5
70 19 Lind Sofia SWE *10:39:30 30:28.2 +3:15.0
71 24 Natumi Madoka JPN *10:42:00 30:41.4 +3:28.2
72 9 Maekinen Anne FIN *10:34:30 30:51.6 +3:38.4
73 5 Rintala Mirva FIN *10:32:30 31:17.7 +4:04.5
74 48 Terelia Irina UKR *10:54:00 31:36.2 +4:23.0
75 2 Puttonen Lotta FIN *10:31:00 32:33.4 +5:20.2
DNS 35 Rajdlova Kamila CZE 10:47:30


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