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Cross-Country Skiing 2016 - 2017 Discussion Thread

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Stina Nilsson outsmarting the norwegians again. Same with Ustiugov on the mens side, but unfortunately for them, their advantage will be evaporated at the final climb. 

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Nilsson skis to her strength and wins on homestretch

Siegerinnen Verfolgung

 

Stina Nilsson (SWE) began the stage 4 Pursuit with a slim lead over the Norwegian duo of Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and they quickly became a group but in the end it was Nilsson back in the lead and still in the Tour leaders bib.  Despite some in race discussion about who should take the lead the trio still increased their lead over the rest of the field and all three recorded the top 3 times on the day.  Krista Parmakoski of Finland fought hard to close the gap to the leading three but was unable to and skied the entire race on her own.  Same for the USA's Jessie Diggins who remains in 5th despite recording only the 18th fastest time on the day.  Parmakoski was able to ski the 4th fastest time of the day but did lose some time in the overall and now sits back +42.4 back from Nilsson.  

 

With bonus seconds available in the finish Weng lost just over 2 seconds to Nilsson in the overall and is still second sitting +6.7 seconds back.  Oestberg managed to get a little bit of time back in the overall and is +11.8 second behind heading into stage 5 in Toblach, Italy.  Diggins lost almost over minute on today's stage in the standings but still sits safely in 5th place with tomorrow's rest day as the Tour moves to Italy.  

 

 

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Ustiugov sets Tour record with 4th consecutive win

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Russia's Sergey Ustiugov has set a Tour de Ski record for men with his 4th consecutive Tour stage victory.  He not only won the stage four 15 km Pursuit competition in free technique but increased his lead over Martin Johnsrud Sundy (NOR) now to 42.2 seconds heading into tomorrow's rest day.  Sundby stayed in second place today +37.2 behind Ustiugov's winning time.  Canada's Alex Harvey was caught early by Dario Cologna (SUI) and the two raced together for most of the competition.  Harvey who appeared to have faster skis used it to his advantage and overtook Cologna coming off the final downhill into the stadium to take 3rd place +1:08.8 on the day and remains third in the overall Tour standings.  Cologna sits just behind him in 4th place in the standings. 

 

Finland's Matti Heikkinen had the Fastest time of the Day again for the second time this season and moved up from 12th in the overall Tour standings after stage three to 5th now after four stages.  Six different nations are represented in the top 6 for the first time in many years with Sweden's Marcus Hellner sitting in 6th place.  

 

The Tour will take a rest day now as the focus shifts to Toblach, Italy for stage 5 of the Tour.  

 

 

Full Results Here

 

 

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Ustiugov 5/5 :yikes: this time only by 0.4. Also Great race from Maurice Manificat today, so close to win. btw for Ustiugov it´s first ever World Cup win if we count only the interval starts events. In other side very very bad day for Sundby and disastrous day for Harvey.

 

edit it´s already 1:34 the margin between Ustiugov and Sundby after todays stage, I think any drama or exciting finish is over :d

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Haha, Ustiugov :d

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I think Ustiugov wants to win every single stage. :d

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Wow. What a race in the women's Tour. Top 3 all lose some time for the rest.

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Only 32 women will start in Val di Fiemme tomorrow. :lol:

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5km free is the perfect discipline for Jess Diggins, she is unbeatable in it. :cheer:

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Ustiugov keeps streak alive

Manificat - Ustiugov - Krueger

 

Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) had already set a Tour de Ski record for men with his 4th consecutive win after stage 4 and has now won his 5th in a row Toblach, Italy.  No male athlete had won more than four stages in the previous 10 editions of the Tour de Ski. Today's win in the 10km free technique was also his first ever win in an individual start competition on World Cup.  France's Maurice Manificat put in another strong effort in Toblach to take second place just +0.4 seconds back.  Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway recorded his first ever World Cup podium with a third place finish +16.6 seconds behind Ustiugov.  Krueger took third place away from Finland's Matti Heikkinen but just 0.7 seconds.  

 

Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby struggled on today's stage and finished in 14th place and lost valuable time to Ustiugov in the overall standings.  He remains in second place but is now 1:34 back.  Switzerland's Dario Cologna has moved up to third in the overall +2:07.5 back and just 0.5 ahead of Canada's Alex Harvey.  With his result today Manificat has moved up to 5th in the overall.  Third to ninth place in the overall are separated by less than 40 seconds with just two stages remaining.  

 

 

Full Results Here

 

 

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Diggins gets 5 km hat-trick

Parmakoski - Diggins - Bjornsen

 

The USA's Jessica Diggins has won her third consecutive 5 km free technique competition in the interval start format. She joins Elena Valbe as the only female skiers to win 3 straight times at that distance, technique and format.  

 

Finland's Krista Parmakoski got her first second place finish of the season and brought herself closer to the top three in the Tour with her result today.  Parmakoski remains 4th in the overall standings after stage five +36.8 seconds back from Norway's Heidi Weng, who now leads the Tour.  

 

Weng finished 5th on the day +17.5 behind Diggins but moved into first place in the Tour when Sweden's Stina Nilsson had her worst day of the Tour with a 20th place finish +40.5 off the lead.  

 

The USA's Sadie Bjornsen recorded her first ever individual World Cup podium take the third spot on today's podium +14.6 seconds back of her teammate.  Similar to the men's competition Bjornsen bumped Charlotte Kalla from third by just 0.3 seconds.  

 

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg struggled to an 8th place finish today +23.5 off the winning time of 12:45.6 but remains in 2nd place in the Tour standings +11.1 behind Weng.  Nilsson fell to third in the standings +16.3 back with just two stages of the Tour remaining.  

 

The Tour now moves to Val di Fiemme, Italy for the final two stages.  Stage 6 will feature 10/15 km mass starts in classic technique with stage 7 being the traditional 9 km in free technique finishing at the top of Alpe Cermis.

 

 

Full Results Here

 

 

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This is turning out to be the most interesting women's Tour de Ski in many years. Norwegians get defeated again!

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Krista Pärmäkoski is on fire this season! :clap:

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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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It's strange seeing so liitle snow in Val di Fiemme, when there is so much elsewhere in Europe.

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