Dario Cologna (SUI)
Lukas Bauer (CZE)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)

FISCHER-ATHLETEN LEAD TOUR DE SKI OVERALL RANKING

03.01.2012
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Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) came in third today in 5 kilometres classic race and took the lead in Tour de Ski Overall ranking from Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer). Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) und Astrid Jacobsen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) claimed a three-fold victory with the whole Fischer package.
Cologna in the lead
Dario Cologna will start in the leading position into tomorrow's sprint race in Dobbiaco. "It was a short race, but a very tough one where you had to keep a high speed throughout the whole track. I had a good start, not too fast, and yet, I had very good speed. It was a really good race for me and I’m happy to take the overall Lead back", said Cologna. The Swiss finished third in today's 5 kilometres classic race and is now 15 seconds ahead of Petter Northug because of bonus seconds for his podium. "15 seconds is not a big gap, I will have to get good results in the next races if I want to win", stated Cologna. Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) came in fouth only 3,5 seconds behind and is furthermore a Tour favorite. The sprint specialist Fabio Pasini (ITA, Fischer) finished tenth.

Same women's podium as in sprint race
The names on top were the same as in sprint race on Saturday: Marit Bjoergen secured another victory ahead of her Polish rival Justyna Kowalczyk who is suffered by knee problems. After the fifth stage Bjoergen is only 17 seconds behind her opponent. "My coaches gave me an update on the intermediate times, and I heard I was a few seconds ahead. I knew I could be stronger in the downhill and on the flat parts around the stadium", said Bjoergen. Her Norwegian team mate Astrid Jacobsen finished third, Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) came in sixth today. Katerina Smutna (AUT, Fischer) finished eighth.
Men 5km C, Dobbiaco (ITA):
1. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.13.49,50
2. Eldar Roenning
NOR 00.13.51,20
3. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.13.51,50
4. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.13.53,00
5. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.13.53,50
6. Axel Teichmann
GER 00.13.55,50
7. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 00.13.59,00
8. Nikita Kriukov
RUS 00.13.59,40
9. Sergey Turychev
RUS 00.13.59,60
10. Fabio Pasini
ITA 00.14.01,80
11. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.14.02,70
12. Petter Northug
NOR 00.14.03,30
13. Maurice Manificat
FRA 00.14.03,40
14. Alexander Bessmertnykh
RUS 00.14.07,00
15. Jens Filbrich
GER 00.14.07,90
Women 3,3km C, Dobbiaco (ITA):
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.10.49,20
2. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.10.53,10
3. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
NOR 00.11.04,30
4. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.11.06,20
5. Stefanie Boehler
GER 00.11.06,40
6. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.11.10,40
7. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.11.12,40
8. Katerina Smutna
AUT 00.11.13,10
9. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.11.14,20
10. Anastasia Dotsenko
RUS 00.11.15,50
11. Polina Medvedeva
RUS 00.11.16,60
12. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.11.19,30
13. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.11.19,60
14. Natalia Matveeva
RUS 00.11.20,40
15. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.11.22,30