Alex Harvey (CAN)
Dario Cologna (SUI)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Marthe Kristoffersen (NOR), Therese Johaug (NOR), Katrin Zeller (GER) (l-r)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Marit Björgen (NOR)

HARVEY AND COLOGNA MAKE THE PODIUM VAL DI FIEMME, KOWALCZYK CLAIMS VICTORY

07.01.2012
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Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) secured a podium result in mass start in Val di Fiemme. The Canadian finished second ahead of Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) and Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer). In women's race Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) secured victory ahead of Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer).
Harvey second in mass start
It was a very fast race from start to finish. Many favorites early lost the contact to the leading group after seven hard Tour de Ski-stages. Cologna and Northug were the best sprinters during the race and secured a lot of bonus seconds. In the final stretch Alex Harvey finished second behind Eldar Roenning (NOR) ahead of Cologna and Northug. Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer)  ensured sixth place ahead of the young Norwegian Niklas Dyrhaug (NOR, Fischer).Tim Tscharnke (GER, Fischer) came in tenth shortly behind Dimtriy Japarov (RUS, Fischer).

Tomorrow Dario Cologna will start the Final Climb with a comfortable advantage of 1:22 minutes ahead of Petter Northug. "I will see, it’s a nice advantage with 1.22 minutes ahead. My goal was to take as many bonus seconds as possible, and I hope the gap is big enough for tomorrow", said Cologna. Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer)  will start with 2:06 minutes back together with Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer). After them with Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer), Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) and Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) three more Fischer athletes will start the chase.

Kowalczyk in the lead again
After today's mass start in Val di Fiemme Justyna Kowalczyk is in the lead in Overall ranking again. The polish secured victory ahead of Marit Bjoergen and Charlotte Kalla. Bjoergen and Kowalczyk were together at the last lap but the Norwegian couldn't follow when the Polish attacked on the last kilometres. Kowalczyk won the race with a seven seconds gap ahead of her opponent. "The most important to me was to get all bonus points, therefore I chose kick wax, but my skis were also really good in the downhill", said Kowalczyk. Julia Ivanova (RUS, Fischer) finished fifth. Her team mate Polina Medvedeva (RUS, Fischer) likewise made the top ten in eighth place.

Justyna Kowalczyk will start tomorrow with 11.5 seconds ahead of Marit Björgen. Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) and Charlotte Kalla follow with 4:49 minutes and 6:02 minutes back.
Men 20km C Mst, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Eldar Roenning
NOR 01.00.02,20
2. Alex Harvey
CAN 01.00.03,30
3. Dario Cologna
SUI 01.00.03,50
4. Petter Northug
NOR 01.00.03,70
5. Sergey Turychev
RUS 01.00.04,50
6. Devon Kershaw
CAN 01.00.05,40
7. Niklas Dyrhaug
NOR 01.00.07,30
8. Tobias Angerer
GER 01.00.08,00
9. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 01.00.08,10
10. Tim Tscharnke
GER 01.00.08,60
11. Marcus Hellner
SWE 01.00.10,80
12. Lukas Bauer
CZE 01.00.13,00
13. Jens Filbrich
GER 01.00.13,50
14. Martin Jaks
CZE 01.00.14,40
15. Roland Clara
ITA 01.00.20,60
Damen 10km C Mst, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.25.49,80
2. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.25.57,30
3. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.26.20,80
4. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.26.23,40
5. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.26.32,10
6. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.26.36,30
7. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.26.36,90
8. Polina Medvedeva
RUS 00.26.37,80
9. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.26.39,00
10. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.26.39,70
11. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.26.41,00
12. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.26.48,70
13. Anne Kylloenen
FIN 00.26.49,90
14. Maria Rydqvist
SWE 00.26.55,30
15. Katerina Smutna
AUT 00.27.01,90