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Cross-Country Skiing 2016 - 2017 Discussion Thread

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dcro    971

47th place is an excellent result really. Now I kinda hope that as many will drop out as possible so that we can get first ever cross-country WC points by the end of the tour. :p

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hckosice    810

Nilsson and Ustiugov win opening stage of Tour de Ski

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Stina Nilsson (SWE) and Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) have won the opening stage of the 11th FIS Tour de Ski.  Both athletes were untouchable in the 1.5 km free technique sprint competition.  They were each the fastest qualifiers of the day and in the end the best on the day.  

 

Following Nilsson onto the ladies' podium was a pair of Norwegian athletes.  Maiken Caspersen Falla took second place +2.48 seconds off the lead with Heidi Weng in third +6.47 seconds back.  Nilsson and Falla have now won the last 9 sprint competitions the longest streak ever between two athletes in the sprint event.  

 

Nilsson will carry a +10.7 second lead into tomorrow's stage two 5km mass start in classic technique.  Weng sits 3rd in the standings +16.6 seconds back.  There will be bonus seconds available for the ladies on the first lap for the first 10 athletes and again in the finish for the top 3.  

Italy's Federico Pellegrino followed Ustiugov on to the podium in second place today for his first podium of the season.  He finished +2.03 second back just ahead of Norway's Finn Haagen Krogh who was +2.80 behind the Russian.  

 

Ustiugov now leads the Tour after one stage by +8.2 seconds.  Tour favourites along with Ustiugov will have some time to make up over the coming stages.  Krogh sits in 3rd place +13.8, Martin Johnsrud Sundby in 4th (NOR) +17.0, Alex Harvey (CAN) in 6th +27.6 and Dario Cologna (SUI) in 13th +47.9.  The men will be back in action tomorrow on stage 2 with a 10 km mass start classic with bonus seconds available on lap 2 of 4 and in the finish like the ladies.   

 

 

Full Results Women and Men

 

 

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dcro    971
5 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Ustiugov is ridiculously strong :d 

 

Implying something? :p

 

In any case it's an impressive double victory.

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hckosice    810

Ustiugov increases Tour leader with stage 2 victory

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Sergey Ustiugov of Russia has won the men's 10 km classic mass start competition on stage two of the 2017 FIS Tour de Ski.  The demanding 2.5 km course stretched the 79 person field out and heading into the final lap the lead group was down to about 20, which quickly became less than 15 as the field reacted to the strong attack from Ustiugov with less than 1 km remaining.  In the end of was Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway who took second +1.9 seconds back with Didrik Toenseth also from Norway for third +2.3 seconds behind.

 

Switzerland's Dario Cologna thrilled the home crowd as he skied near the front for the entire race.  Two misses with his left pole on the final climb destroyed his momentum and thwarted a strong push for a podium position and he settled for 5th place +5.5 seconds off the lead.  

 

Today's victory increased the overall Tour lead for Ustiugov heading into the first rest day of the Tour shifts to Oberstdorf, Germany for stages 3 and 4.  With his second place finish today Sundby now trails Ustiugov in second place by +18.9 seconds.  Another strong performance from Canada's Alex Harvey has moved him into third place in the overall standings +59.6 seconds behind.  Cologna move his way up from 13th place after stage 1 to now sit in 6th position.  Sweden's Marcus Hellner was also a mover jumping from 18th in the standings after the sprint to 9th now after a 7th place finish in today's competition.  Tour favourite Finn Haagen Krogh has a tough day on stage 2 and fell from second place after the sprint to now sit 11th in the overall standings.  

 

The Tour will resume January 3-4 with a Skiathlon competition on stage 3 and a free technique Pursuit on stage 4 in Oberstdorf.  

 

 

Full Results Here

 

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hckosice    810

Oestberg gets her revenge with 5 km win

Ladies podium 5km Tour de Ski

 

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway got her personal revenge today in the ladies' 5 km classic mass start.  After a disappointing first stage sprint result she was very motivated to go out and get herself a victory on stage two.  With her win today by 7 seconds over her teammate Heidi Weng, Oestberg has taken over the Tour lead by 10.3 seconds also ahead of Weng.  Sweden's Stina Nilsson who led the Tour after day one struggled to maintain the early pace of Oestberg, Weng and Finland's Krista Parmakoski but fought hard to take 5th place.  She remains in third place in the overall standings.  Parmakoski took third place in the 5 km classic +11.4 behind Oestberg's winning time of 13:21.2 and now sits 4th in the overall standings.  

 

Switzerland's Nadine Faendrich known best for her sprint abilities especially in the sprint prologue recorded her best World Cup finish ever with a 4th place result today.  She was joined by her teammate Laurien van Der Graaf in the top 10 another personal best for a Swiss sprinter in a distance event.  Finland's Anne Kylloenen sat 29th after stage 1 and skied to a 6th place finish today moving her up to 14th in the overall standings.

 

 

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hckosice    810

Nilsson takes back Tour lead in Oberstdorf

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Sweden's Stina Nilsson records her first ever World Cup win with a stunning stage 3 victory in the FIS Tour de Ski Skiathlon competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.  With the Top 10 athletes separated by just 12 seconds it was one closest ladies' mass start competitions we have seen in years.  Nilsson put on a big push on the final climb and only the USA's Jessie Diggins was able to respond with her.  Norway's Heidi Weng and Maiken Caspersen Falla fought hard to keep it close but in the end it was Diggins just +0.2 behind Nilsson for second place with Weng in there for third +1.5 back.  It was another top 10 full of many nations.  Norway, Sweden, Finland and the USA were represented twice along with one from Russia and Germany.  

 

Along with her win today Nilsson has moved into the overall lead again for the second time this Tour after winning the stage 1 sprint competition in Val Müstair, Switzerland.  She now leads Weng by 4 seconds and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg by 12.4 seconds to round out the top 3.  Finland's Krista Parmakoski continues to sit 4th in the overall and is actually closer to the lead after picking up the most bonus seconds out on course on the second lap of the competition.  She is +38.7 back heading into tomorrow's 10 km Pursuit in free technique.  With the top 20 ladies separated by just 90 seconds it should be a very exciting pursuit competition.  

 

 

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hckosice    810

Ustiugov unbeatable through 3 stages of Tour de Ski

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Sergey Ustiugov of Russia left little doubt in today's 20 km Skiathlon that he plans to keep the Tour de Ski leaders bib. Sitting back just outside the top 10 going into the final climb he made an aggressive move to get up into 3rd place by the top.  Coming out of the draft on the final downhill Ustiuigov sprinted his way to his third victory in the first three stages.  Despite taking an wrong turn early in the free technique portion Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby recovered to take second place on the day and hold his place in second in the overall standings.  Switzerland's Dario Cologna was back on the podium for the first time since the Tour was in Oberstdorf last season.  He took third today +1.0 behind Ustiugov and just +0.4 behind Sundby.  

 

Ustiugov now leads the Tour by 29.5 second over Sundby, up from 18.9 seconds after Val Müstair stage 2.  Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong day with a 5th place finish and remains in 3rd in the overall standings +1:09.3 back.  With his third place finish today Cologna moves up from 6th to 4th in the overall standings +1:25.4 behind.  Sweden's Marcus Hellner was a big mover today with a 5th place finish moving up from 9th to 5th in the overall heading into tomorrow's 15km Pursuit in free technique.  It will be interesting to see how tight the group is tomorrow following the pursuit event.  

 

 

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Swewi    5

Stina!! :thumbup: But I think at least Weng will be better in the final climb. I also hope Charlotte Kalla could get back in shape soon. 

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