Riders in this news : Eldar RØNNING
The Tour de Ski ended this Sunday at Val Di Fiemme with the Final Climb onto Alpe Cermis. It was a very strong stage. Nine kilometres including three, where the skiers go up an alpine skiing slope !
If Dario Cologna crossed the finish line first, it’s the Russian Alexander Legkov who signs the best time. After his underachievement Saturday, it’s nice success for him. During the 20km classic, he has lost his third place in the overall ranking. The new Rossignol recruit was disappointed but he finishes yet 5th of the overall. Winner of the 5km race in Toblach, the, third of the Pursuit, he has realised very interesting performances during this Tour de Ski.
There is another satisfaction for Rossignol in this Tour de Ski, the classic’s domination with Eldar Roenning. The Norwegian has signed the best time during the pursuit in Oberhof. Few days later, he finishes second in Toblach behind Legkov (5km). But the silver medallist in the World championships wants more. In Val Di Fiemme for the 20km, after a tactic run, he crossed the finish line first
The Russian Nikita Kriukov added another victory for the brand during the Tour de Ski. He wins the stage 3, the Oberstdorf’s sprint in Germany. Rossignol puts five skiers in the Top 15 in the overall ranking. Two girls, Katrin Zeller (6th) and Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (9th) finish in the Top 10. A beautiful success for the Rossignol X-Ium products !
21th of the stage 8 of the Tour de Ski, Robin Duvillard was satisfied of his performance.
“It’s my better result in classic, I’m in a great shape, I win few places for the overall ranking and my skis are really good. It was a perfect day !”
Then, the Frenchman explains what are the particularities of the Tour de Ski : “It’s a new event in cross country, only the 6th edition. It’s like le “Tour de France”. Nine stages in eleven days, each run is different (skate, classic…) and all the day you have a ranking with bonus. The exceptional character of the Tour de Ski is the last stage. The final up is an alpine skiing slope during three kilometres. It will be very special, it’s very hard !”
“Last year, I finished 20th so this year, I would like ton finish in a better rank ! I would try to take advantage of my good shape today !”
Eldar Roenning wins his first stage in Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, finishing in front of Alex Harvey and Dario Cologna.
The Norwegian, who finishes second at the 5 km classic race in Toblach, shows he was in a good shape at the end of the Tour de Ski : “I’m verry happy, it’s always good to have a victory on Tour de Ski, I was confident with my skis”, says Roenning in press conference.
After a few kilometres, there was a group of approximate 20 athletes who were in front. And Eldar has followed the rhythm and has made a strong race in a very hard slope but with perfect conditions: “I try to little bit tactic, just following behind and get some seconds for the arrival”
In the last lap, Eldar Roenning got a small gap to the rest of the group and shot up the last hill. He crossed the finish line first and kissed its Rossignol’s skis ! “For the overall ranking (20e), I’m a little bit disappointed but I lost to many seconds in the sprint in Oberstdorf”
In any case, this victory is very good thing in preparation for the Championships next year here in Val Di Fiemme “My main goal for the next season”, said Eldar Roenning.
Tomorrow, men will have their last stage of Tour de Ski, 9km with the final climb up Alpe Cermis.
The 5th stage of Tour de Ski at Tolbach in Italia has shown the supremacy of Rossigol and its new invention R-Gripp. Alexander Legkhov and Eldar Roenning achieve a wonderful doubled. They took the fisrt and the second place of the 5 kilometers. Two other skiers have brilliantly represented the Rossignol X-Ium products, Ilia Chernousov 5th and Nikita Kriukov 7th.
Currently third of this Tour de Ski with 37 seconds of delay compared with Dario Cologna, the Russian Alexander Legkov will defend his rank today in the sprint.
Second leg of Tour de Ski in Oberhof : Three Rossignol’s racers are still in the Top 10. With his 4th place, Alexander Legkov takes the 4th place of the overall (on the picture), Ilia Chernousov is 8th and Jens Filbrich 10th. Tour de Ski continues on Saturday at Oberstdorf !
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