TOBLACH (Dagbladet): Usually, it is Norway that is the answer when a nation has two runners on the podium for both the women and the gentlemen on the same day in cross country.
But in Toblach beat the russians to seriously and showed that they really have something in time before the world cup in Seefeld later in the winter.
- It is good for the sport and good for our team that not only is Norway at the top of the standings.
It says the russians ' coach Marcus Cramer. The German took over the responsibility for the Russian crew of two and a half years ago and has been commander of the Russian framgangene.
Russia is a much larger country than Norway, with many skiers. We have many good, young skiers. I feel we are on very good path with our team now and can fight with the Norwegian team, " says Cramer to the Newspaper.Was written off yesterday - now believe rivals that Weng can win the Tour Using Legkov
A first - and third place to Sergey Ustjugov and Aleksandr Bolsjunov came as no surprise, but that duo Natalya Neprjajeva and Anastasija Sedova was going to take his first world cup competition and first podium finish, there were few who believed.
- It is not surprising that the gentlemen has gone fast. Ustjugov has been reported to be in good shape and from last year it is not surprising that he was the best last year and he has been the best in years is in the top. It is more surprising with the ladies, especially the Neprjajeva and Sedova do today is extremely good, " says Nrk's langrennsekspert Fredrik Aukland to the Newspaper.
Cramer reviews the situation in the Russian kvinnelangrenn which is not good as he took, but some of the girls had won the junior world CHAMPIONSHIP a few years earlier and were great talents. Some of the credit for that they have taken the step gives Cramer the old storløperen Aleksandr Legkov.
For them, it was very good that we decided that they should train together with the guys. In particular, it was well in my training group as we had with Alexander Legkov. For the girls, he was a very good motivator, he pushed them every day and showed them what is required and helped them. Now they see that it is possible to turn the Norwegian and Swedish girls.SURPRISE: Natalya Neprjajeva took his first world cup competition of the 10 km free for the women in the Tour de ski. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix Show more Dopingspørsmålet
lurking In the background, however, the same question about the Russian cross-country skiing.
The Russian antidopingbyrået have for the new year to deliver the latest doping tests from the laboratory in Moscow and run the risk of further exclusion.
Didrik Tønseth is the one of the Norwegian runners who have set themselves the best in the matter. He believes that the decision should come soon.
They have two days left now. You get call Linda Hofstad Helleland and ask. It is impossible to answer, I don't know what happens, is there anyone who knows what happens? They are inside in the lab, so they are thrown out again, so it is christmas, and holiday in Russia. I think it seems ... They have had more than enough time and it starts to rush a little, believes the Prize.Ustjugov boycotts the press up to the world cup
In the last year was, among other things Sergey Ustjugov, who refused to talk with the press after today's win, banned by the IOC in advance of the OLYMPICS and several athletes were temporarily banned by the FIS.
- It is a neat situation, but it is not I who determines who gets to go and who to ban. I just have to relate me to those who stand on the start and I have a good relationship with the Russian skaters, says Tønseth.
The Russian coach tells that if a new ban is not the topic within the team.
We're not talking about it. I only read about it in the newspapers, and you know, where is it produced in a way in a newspaper and another way in another. For me, it is more important to hear from people who (skipresident, journ.anm.) Välbe that informs me about what the situation is now.
Cramer claims that the russians are not afraid of the decision.
- No, we are not concerned. At every opportunity the last two years I have been absolutely sure that the athletes are clean and up to today we have no positive dopingprøver. I'm sure it doesn't happen anything, and I hope this case is resolved very, very soon, both for the sport and for our team's sake, " says Cramer.Russersjokket: Enough a miracle from doptreneren