DUESSELDORF, Germany -- Josef Wenzl of Germany was the
surprise winner Saturday at the season-opener of cross-country
skiing's World Cup.
Wenzl collected his first World Cup win, covering the 1.5
kilometer freestyle sprint race in 3 minutes, 7.4 seconds on
Swedish Olympic champion Bjorn Lind was second, 0.3 seconds
back. Jon Kristian Dahl of Norway was third, 0.4 back, in a race
watched by 80,000 spectators.
"I hoped for a win, but I didn't expect it," said Wenzl, who
also won his three qualifying races to reach the final.
Natalia Matveyeva of Russia won the women's freestyle race in
1:48.1, with Marit Bjorgen of Norway 0.9 behind after four wins at
the event. Anna Dahlberg of Sweden was third, 1.1 back.