Petter Northug (NOR)
Dario Cologna (SUI), Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS), Petter Northug (NOR) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Therese Johaug (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)

FISCHER-SKIER CELEBRATE THREE-FOLD-VICTORIES IN SKIATHLON

01.01.2012
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Fischer-athletes secured a three-fold-victory in fourth Tour de Ski stage. Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) won the skiathlon ahead of Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) and Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer).
Northug wins in the final stretch
Petter Northug celebrated another victory in the final stretch. The Norwegian claimed victory in an exciting skiathlon race according to the bonus sprints ahead of Dario Cologna and Maxim Vylegzhanin. "I didn’t have the best feeling today, without the help of Kristian Tettli Rennemo and Niklas Dyrhaug I wouldn’t have won today", said Northug. "I didn’t fight for the bonus seconds in the classic part, I didn’t have a good feeling and I chose to fight for them in the skating part instead". Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) finished fourth, the Canadians Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey (both CAN, Fischer) came in sixth and seventh. Northug leads the Overall Tour ranking with a small margin ahead of Dario Cologna.

Bjoergen ahead of Kowalczyk
Marit Bjoergen is the winner of women's skiathlon in Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf. The Norwegian didn't start so good in the race in classic part but at the end she was the best in the final stretch. In the last uphill to Burgstall Therese Johaug tried to escape but the others followed her. A few metres later Kowalczyk attacked, too. But Bjoergen was faster in the downhill and the others couldn't catch her until the finish line. "I’m very satisfied to win the race today. I didn’t have a good feeling in the classic part, which meant I couldn’t fight for the bonus seconds, but in the skating part my skis were great and I knew that it was possible for me to win. It means a lot to me to win”, said Bjoergen. The Polish came in second ahead of Johaug. Kowalczyk is still in the leading position in the Overall ranking with 26 seconds ahead of Bjoergen and 1:06 minutes ahead of Johaug. "Marit is better than me in downhill, I was more worried about Therese before the finish line, but I’m happy with 2nd place", said Kowalczyk. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) finished sixth ahead of Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) and Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).
Men Skiathlon, Oberstdorf (GER):
1. Petter Northug
NOR 00.50.28,30
2. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.50.28,31
3. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.50.28,60
4. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.50.29,80
5. Kristian Tettli Rennomo
NOR 00.50.30,00
6. Devon Kershaw
CAN 00.50.30,90
7. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.50.33,20
8. Martin Jaks
CZE 00.50.33,30
9. Curdin Perl
SUI 00.50.34,40
10. Christophe Perrillat
FRA 00.50.34,80
11. Maurice Manificat
FRA 00.50.35,20
12. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 00.50.35,30
13. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.50.36,60
14. Tobias Angerer
GER 00.50.37,90
15. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.50.38,40
Women Skiathlon, Oberstdorf (GER):
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.27.16,00
2. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.27.17,60
3. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.27.17,80
4. Kristin Stoermer Steira
NOR 00.27.51,30
5. Riikka Sarasoja
FIN 00.28.01,30
6. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.28.01,60
7. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.28.01,90
8. Riita-Liisa Roponen
FIN 00.28.02,40
9. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.28.11,50
10. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.28.14,10
11. Anne Kylloenen
FIN 00.28.16,90
12. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.28.17,40
13. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.28.17,70
14. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.28.18,20
15. Stefanie Boehler
GER 00.28.20,70