The robotron ski arena was the place to be in Germanys city of Dresden as team Sprint was on the busy programme of the city sprint weekend.
The womens heat one was reigned by the Swedish Sprint experts Maja Dahlqvist and Linn Svan who both stood on the podium of yesterdays individual Sprint. They qualified into the finals with ease in a time of 15:37.79together with Team Germany 1 team with Sofie Krehl and Anne Winkler. The second heat of the womens team sprint included the top favourites who turned up the speed for the entire heat. Team Norway 1 with Olympic Gold Medallist and five times World Champion Maiken Caspersen Falla was teamed up with Julie Myhre who started for her 6th World cup race. The Norwegian team won their heat with a time of 15:29.45 for a total of 12 laps before the Swiss team 1 with Laurien van der Graaff and Nadine Fähndrich. As the two fastest teams of each heat as well as the six fastest teams qualify for the finals, the teams in the second heat profited from the fast pace set by their front runners. Additionally qualified for the finals were thus team USA, Sweden 2, Russia 1 and 2, Norway 2 and Czech 1.
The ten teams of the womens finals represented 7 nations. Sweden and Norway alternated the lead but were constantly being chased by the athletes from Switzerland. Again, each skier had to tackle 6 laps and saved their strength for the final stretch. In the back of the group, the athletes from USA and Germany slowly made their way to the leading positions with the hope to ensure a good position for the deciding final stretch of the race. Maja Dahlqvist finally was the game changer and set the fast pace towards the final exchange. Nadine Fähndrich from Switzerland set herself in the chasing position behind Linn Svahn from Sweden. The two teams set off for the final sprint in the final lap and spectacularly crossed the finish line - separated by only 0.09, Maja Dahlqvist and Linn Svahn celebrate the victory before Nadine Fähndrich and Laurien van der Graaff. In third position follows Team Sweden 2 with Evelina Settlin and Linn Soemskar.
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2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
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