Cologna also finished second in the 15k, while Northug did not compete in the sprint. Both skiers competed on the Rottefella Xcelerator binding, and with Alexey Poltoranin from Kazakhstan also on Xcelerator, Saturday's race was perfect for Rottefella.
Northug used great power of his upper body and destroyed all the skiers in the finishing straight on Saturday. After the race, he talked to FIS about the sprint to the finish."I had to fight hard in the last two rounds. I had a good position in the last downhill. I saw Dario was in front so I had to move there also to defend the yellow jersey. The sprint before the finish was good. I did not have the best position before the bridge but the finish was good for me."
In Sunday's sprint, Cologna showed his dominance in the climb towards the stadium and came unchallenged in the finish to score his first sprint World Cup victory.
"It was a great day," said Cologna. It's my first sprint victory. It looks like I'm in good shape now in the right moment before Tour de Ski. It was a very good weekend and I'm looking forward to Tour de Ski. My goal is to win it for the third time."
Tour de Ski is the next event on the Viessmann World Cup. It starts in Oberhof in Germany on Dec. 29.