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hckosice    891

Nilsson & Sundby win thrilling stage 6 of Tour de Ski

Kylloenen - Nilsson - Kalla

 

Stage six of this year's Tour de Ski brought perhaps two of the most exciting competitions we have seen in many years. The ladies' 10 km classic mass start competition won by Sweden's Stina Nilsson saw Tour favourites Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg both of Norway struggle on the stage and both slip in the overall standings.  With Nilsson's victory she now has a 19.2 second lead of Weng and Oestberg fell to 4th in the overall +1:23.3.  On the podium with Nilsson was Finland's Anne Kylloenen in second place +3.0 for her first podium of the season and in third was Charlotte Kalla (SWE) who recovered from an early fall and finished +3.7 behind her teammate.  Krista Parmakoski (FIN) also fell in the same turn as Kalla and fought her way back to take 4th place and with that result moved into 3rd in the overall standings +53.9 back from Nilsson.

 

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In the men's competition 2-time Tour de Ski champion Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) stopped Sergey Ustiugov's (RUS) Tour stage win streak at 5 by winning the men's 15 km event.  Ustiugov held on for second place +2.2 back but gave up 23 seconds in his overall lead.  Sundby now sits 1:11.9 back in second place in the overall standings.  The men's race saw team tactics from both Norway and Russia as each protected their top skiers during bonus sprints on course and at other times lifting or slowing the pace.  In third place on the day was Finland's Matti Heikkinen +2.8 off the lead and jumped up the overall standings to now sit 4th behind Switzerland's Dario Cologna.  Canada's Alex Harvey had his worst day of the Tour finishing 19th +38.7 back and slipped to 6th in the overall behind Heikkinen and France's Maurice Manificat.  The battle for 3rd in the overall Tour will perhaps be the most interesting with 4 athletes being separated by just 50 seconds with just the final climb up Alpe Cermis left.  

 

 

 

Full Results Men and Women

 

 

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Swewi    5

It is to Easy to get big time differences in this final climb. You can win every stage but if you are a bit less good in this one, you have no chance. 

 

But great with third place for Stina and congrats Heidi

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dcro    1,100

Heidi unfortunately wasn't able to miss the finish here and make things interesting. :p

 

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hckosice    891
8 minutes ago, dcro said:

Heidi unfortunately wasn't able to miss the finish here and make things interesting. :p

 

 

haha yes this was epic :d

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hckosice    891

Heidi Weng wins 11th FIS Tour de Ski

Heidi Weng NOR

 

Norway's Heidi Weng has won the 11th edition of the FIS Tour de Ski.  To do so she recorded the fastest time of the day by 38 seconds ahead of the USA's Liz Stephen.  This was the first stage win of this Tour for Weng and she is now the only female winner of the Tour de Ski with less than two stage victories in a single Tour.  In the battle for the final Tour podium Weng - starting with bib 2 - was able to erase her 19.2 second deficit to Sweden's Stina Nilsson by the bottom of Alpe Cermis and powered away for a clear victory in a time of 33:34.3.  Finland's Krista Paramoski who was 3-times a 4th place finisher in the Tour de Ski also caught Nilsson roughly three quarters of the way up Alpe Cermis to finish in second place +1:37.0 behind Weng.  Nilsson who looked to be struggling and possibly at risk of also being caught by Norway's Ingvild Flugstad hung on for 3rd place +1:54.4 back from the lead.  Oestberg crossed the line just 10 seconds later.

 

In the race for Fastest of the Day which counts for World Cup points it was Weng ahead of Stephen with Finland's Kerttu Niskanen in third +46.0.  Austria's Teresa Stadlober was just 3.7 seconds behind Niskanen for 4th with yesterday's second place finisher Anne Kylloenen in 5th +1:00.1.  Nilsson ended up with the 18th (+2:13.6)  fastest time of the day, with Oestberg in 6th (+1:00.2) and Parmakoski 7th (+1:02.3).

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour De Ski 2016/17 Final Standing Here

 

 

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hckosice    891

Ustiugov wins Tour de Ski in record fashion

Tour de Ski 2017 podium

 

Sergey Ustiugov of Russia, a World champion at the Junior and U23 levels is now a winner of the FIS Tour de Ski. Ustiugov impressively won 5 of 7 stages - a record for the Tour - in the 11th edition of the Tour de Ski to finish with a 1:02.9 minute lead over Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby.  Sundby managed to pull back only 9 seconds on the final stage climb up Alpe Cermis.  Perhaps the most exciting part of the men's competition was the battle for places 3rd - 7th which featured some of the World's fastest climbers. Switzerland's Dario Cologna began the day in third place roughly 30 seconds ahead of Finland's Matti Heikkinen and France's Maurice Manificat and was at one point with less than one kilometer remaining joined by Manificat.  Despite Manificat and Heikkinen recording the first and second fastest times of the day, Cologna held on for third place in the Tour overall finishing +1:19.1 behind Ustiugov and 7.8 seconds ahead of Manificat.  Heikkinen crossed the finish line another 4.4 seconds later for 5th place.  

 

After finishing second place on time twice before Manificat completed the 9 km final stage in a time of 29:20.0 for the best of the day.  Norway's Hans Christer Holund recorded the third fastest time of the day +15.8 seconds back.  Heikkinen in second place was just +6.1 behind Manificat.  Sweden's Marcus Hellner who moved from 7th to 6th place on the final stage was the 4th fastest on the day +19.0, just ahead of Cologna in 5th +22.7.  Ustiugov recorded the 16th (1:07.7), Sundby 12th (58.7) and Canada's Alex Harvey who started the day in 3rd slipped to 7th with the 14th (1:04.9) time on the stage.  

 

 

Full Results Here

Tour de Ski 2016/17 Final Standings Here

 

 

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Gianlu33    412

In Val di Fiemme, durint the last stage of thw Tour de Ski, is appared a banner against the Ventolin, an anti-asthma drug (and against the Norwegian team).

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hckosice    891

Matveeva and Skar win Toblach sprints

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Natalia Matveeva (RUS) and Sindre Bjoernestad Skar (NOR) have won the 1.3 km free technique sprints in Toblach, Italy both in photo finishes.  For Matveeva it was her second career individual sprint victory.  Her first came back in 2007 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Matveeva followed the World Cup overall sprint leader Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway onto the finishing stretch and managed to win by just 0.08 seconds.  In third place was Sweden's Hanna Falk for her third podium of the season.  The World Cup sprint standings top 3 is shared by today's top 3 ladies but with Falla with a big lead followed by Falk and Matveeva who are separated by just 2 points.  

 

On the men's side it was the first World Cup victory ever for Skar.  He as well won in a photo finish just ahead of the USA's Simeon Hamilton by just 0.03.  This was Hamilton's second sprint podium in a row in Toblach.  He was second here as well in December 2015 behind at that time Federico Pellegrino.  In third place with his third podium of the season was Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway.  Norway's Paal Golberg with his 7th place finish today took over the World Cup sprint lead ahead of Russia's Sergey Ustiugov.  Ustiugov coming off his Tour de Ski victory fell in qualification and finished in 70th place today.  Golberg leads over Ustiugov by just 8 points.

 

 

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hckosice    891

Russia and Canada on top in Toblach team sprints

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On the second day of sprint action Russia and Canada were victorious in the team sprint competitions in Toblach, Italy.  Natalia Matveeva (RUS), as she did the day before stole the win in the final meters just 0.04 seconds ahead of Sweden 1 anchored by Hanna Falk.  Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla led into the final curve but was unable to hold off the attacks from both Russia and Sweden.  Falla crossed the line just +0.11 from the lead.  It was Falla's teammate Astrid Urenholdt Jacobsen that blew the race open on her final leg and made it a four team race with Germany chasing as the 4th team.  Germany's Sandra Ringwald had a very strong final leg and just missed out on a podium spot by +0.36 seconds.  Ringwald was paired with Denise Herrmann who returned from Biathlon in the hopes of hitting qualifying standards for a spot on the German team for the Lahti World Ski Championships.  It was a first time World Cup podium and win for the current U23 World Cup leader Yulia Belorukova of Russia.  

 

In the men's competition it was a last minute decision by Canada to enter a team for the sprint event that turned into a first ever World Cup team sprint victory (Canada previously won at the World Championships in 2011).  The team of Lenny Valjas and Alex Harvey stayed in contention throughout the final but it wasn't until the final climb when Harvey took control of the race leading down into the stadium for the victory.  That was the only time this weekend when the leading athlete entering the homestretch hung on for the win.  For the second place team made up of Karl-Johan Westberg and Oskar Swensson representing Sweden I it was for both their first ever World Cup podiums.  They crossed the line +.53 seconds behind Canada and just 0.12 seconds ahead of the third place team of Dietmar Noekler and Federico Pellegrino (ITA) the winners of the last team sprint competition on World Cup in Planica last season.  Despite a crash on the second lap for Pellegrino they were able to battle back and fight for a podium spot.  

 

 

Full Results Men and Women

 

 

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