New podium for Chris Andre Jespersen in the Tour de Ski! The Norwegian ends third of the 10km Classic in Val di Fiemme ahead of his teammates Petter Northug Jr and Martin Sundby. The racer from Rossignol Team is also third of the overall Tour de Ski standing before the last stage, the famous Final Climb of Alpe Cermis!
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen finishes 2nd of the 5km Classic (+14.9) ahead of her Norway’s teammate Therese Johaug. She is always the current leader of the Tour de Ski Sprint & Overall before the last stage but she knows that it will be difficult to get to the Alpe Cermis in first position.
"I think I wanted the podium more than the other girls. Towards the end I decided I go for it as much as I can. I feel I am in a very good shape and I can compete with almost everybody. I do not think much about the overall result in the Tour de Ski. It’s already a great achievement for me to be in the leading position before the final stage. I am happy that there is a high chance that a Norwegian lady crosses the finish on Alpe Cermis in first place. " (Quote : Fis Ski)
Tomorrow, start at 13:30 for the ladies, 15:00 for the men.
Riders in this news : Astrid Uhrenholdt JACOBSEN
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen continues to be very strong in this Tour de Ski. After three second places, the racer from Rossignol Team has found the way of the victory! She ended first of the 15km Pursuit Free in Toblach (ITA) ahead one of the favorite Therese Johaug and Anne Kylloenen. Before the two last races, she is always leading the Overall ranking of the Tour de Ski.
“It was a tough competition. I was little bit tired after the first lap, the course is quite hard in Toblach. I was happy there was a feeding station. I felt better in second half of the race. I am happy that my shape has been so good. It is a good sign for the Games, which are the biggest goal for me. I still think that Therese (Johaug) is the biggest favorite for the overall victory in the Tour de Ski. She has been always very strong on the Final Climb” (Quote: FisSki.com)
FIS Tour de Ski overall standing ladies - total time
1. Astrid Uhtrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 1:15:29.5
2. Therese Johaug (NOR) +43.7
3. Anne Kyllönen (FIN) +1:22.2
Riders in this news : Astrid Uhrenholdt JACOBSEN
What a great performance for Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen! After her second place during the Prologue, she took yesterday the second position of the Sprint Freestyle. Today, during the 10km Classic, she ends, one more time, just behind the winner Kerttu Niskanen. But she is now leading the Overall ranking of the Tour de Ski!
“It was a tough competition today. I am happy for the result not only because I am in the lead of the Tour de Ski but also in the view of the Olympic qualification. I am taking the Tour stages as they come and try to be focused. I think Therese is the biggest favorite for the Tour de Ski victory.”
Here is the schedule of the next stages:
3 JAN 2014: Toblach (ITA), Ladies 15 km F Pursuit
4 JAN 2014: Val di Fiemme (ITA), Ladies 5 km C Individual
5 JAN 2014: Val di Fiemme (ITA), Ladies 9 km F Final Climb Pursuit Start
Copyright: Nordic Focus
Stage 1: Oberhof (GER)
Prologue ladies 3.0 km free
Despite very bad conditions, Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen has signed her first podium this season with a second place in the Prologue of Tour de Ski. Her last podium was during the Tour de Ski, a third place last year in 3km C in Toblach: “After the first round I felt very fast. I am very happy about my result. The body responded very well. It was a good day. I am thankful for a chance to compete here.”
1. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 6:34.4
2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) +1.9
3. Sylwia Jaskowiec (POL) +7.0
Prologue men 4.5 km free
Great start for the Team Rossignol in Oberhof for this 8th edition of Tour de Ski. After his second place in Davos 30km, Chris Jespersen has shown that he was fast also on a short distance. The Norwegian takes the third place of the 4,5km free. “I think I kept the momentum from pre-Christmas. Today I did not open that hard. I was increasing the speed. I’m very happy for the podium result. For the whole Tour I hope to be fighting for a top 3.” Ilia Chernousov is just off the podium in 4th position while Robin Duvillard signs his best career World Cup result with a 5th place.
1. Alex Harvey (CAN) 9:03.4
2. Devon Kershaw (CAN) +4.1
3. Chris Jespersen (NOR) +10.2
Stage 2: Oberhof (GER)
Ladies Sprint 1,5 km free
Nicole Flessel from Rossignol Team ends just off the podium in 4th position.
Results Ladies' Final
1. Hanna Erikson (SWE)
2. Denise Herrmann (GER)
3. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR)
4. Nicole Fessel (GER)
5. Marit Bjørgen (NOR)
6. Lucia Anger (GER)
Men Sprint 1,5 km free
Podium for Federico Pellegrino with a second place after a strong final sprint!
Results Men's Final
1. Calle Halfvarsson (SWE)
2. Federico Pellegrino (ITA)
3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
4. Jen Eriksson (SWE)
5. Josef Wenzl (GER)
6. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR)
Kriukov wins Asiago sprint: First ever World Cup win
World Champion and Olympic Champion, Nikita Kriukov has signed his first World Cup victory this Saturday in Asiago. The Russian from Rossignol Team took the first place ahead of Gianluca Cologna and Alexey Poltoranin. Now, he wears the red bib of the Sprint World Cup leader.
Nikita Kriukov (RUS): “I am very happy to get my first World Cup victory. It was tough conditions but I’m very happy. I would like to say thank you to Italy it was a great competition today.”
Team Sprint: Rossignol well represented on the podium
The Finnish team with Aino Kaisa Saarinen ends first of the Team Sprint race for the ladies. The men’s race was so closed with a photo finish between Norway I and Kazakhastan I. Eldar Roenning takes finally the first place for Norway. In third, you find Norway II with Oystein Pettersen.
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