There were no surprises in the SuperTour Finals classic sprint qualifier in Madawaska this morning, as both Kikkan Randall (USST) and Andy Newell (USST) cruised to victory.
Ida Sargent (CGRP) was Randall’s closest challenger, 2.5 seconds back. She appeared to be up on Randall halfway through the course, but she left early in her three-second start window and probably never led. Behind her, it was Sadie Bjornsen (MODT), Holly Brooks (APU), and 15-year-old J2 Heather Mooney (Stratton).
On the men’s side, Newell also beat second-place Simi Hamilton (SVSEF) by 2.5 seconds. Canada’s Brent McMurtry was third, with Mike Sinnott (SVSEF) and Lenny Valjas (Canada) third and fourth.
Men’s sprint leader Garrott Kuzzy (CXC) fell on the fast, icy course and is done for the day. The afternoon should see some dicey pack racing, as the course has some technical corners. The short length (roughly 2:45 for men and 3:20 for women) should help some of the younger skiers with less distance background like Hamilton and Sargent. On the other hand, both Newell and Randall ski well on this surface.
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