Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Therese Johaug (NOR) (l-r)
Dario Cologna (SUI)
Petter Northug (NOR, Dario Cologna (SUI), Marcus Hellner (SWE) (l-r)
Dario Cologna (SUI)

JUSTYNA KOWALCZYK AND DARIO COLOGNA WIN THEIR THIRD TOUR DE SKI

08.01.2012
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Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) did it again: The Polish secured her third victory in the Tour de Ski ahead of Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer). In the men's Tour de Ski Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) likewise celebrated victory for the third time. He won ahead of Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) and Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer).
Decision 1,5 kilometres before finish
The decision was made in the uphill 1,5 kilometres before the finishline. Justyna Kowalczyk controlled the pace and Marit Bjoergen wasn't able to follow her any longer and finished second 28,2 seconds behind the Polish. "My feeling is great and I'm looking forward to the break. It was a difficult moment when Marit couldn't stay behind me. That's what I planned to do but the last metres were very hard. But three years ago it was more difficult for me", said Kowalczyk. Bjoergens team mate Therese Johaug came in third with a 3:57 minutes gap.

Kalla drops back
Behind the top three the ladies were close together. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) dropped back to seventh position after a challenging Tour de Ski. Astrid Jacobsen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) finished ninth ahead of Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer).


Cologna wins, Northug meets his Waterloo again
As Justyna Kowalczyk Dario Cologna did it again. The Swiss secured victory in Tour de Ski for the third time. "The uphill is very steep and my legs were tired. My plan was to go fast in the first part to get a nice advantage and control the race, and then find a steady pace for the uphill", said Cologna. After the final climb he was 1:02 minutes ahead of Marcus Hellner who closed the gap of 45 seconds to Petter Northug and finished second 42 seconds ahead of the Norwegian. As in the 32 kilometres race in Toblach Petter Northug met his Waterloo again and lost a lot of time. He came in only 25 seconds ahead of Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer) who finished fourth. Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) and Maurice Manificat (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) was ranked sixth and seventh ahead of Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer).
Women Final Climb, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.35.09,00
2. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.35.37,20
3. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.39.06,80
4. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.41.57,80
5. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.42.04,10
6. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.42.18,70
7. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.43.10,20
8. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.43.29,20
9. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
NOR 00.43.41,70
10. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.44.04,80
11. Riita-Liisa Roponen
FIN 00.44.42,90
12. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.44.48,90
13. Valentina Shevchenko
UKR 00.47.03,60
14. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg
NOR 00.47.09,70
15. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.47.15,10
Men Final Climb, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.31.44,10
2. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.32.46,40
3. Petter Northug
NOR 00.33.28,70
4. Devon Kershaw
CAN 00.33.53,50
5. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.34.43,20
6. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.35.06,40
7. Maurice Manificat
FRA 00.35.27,80
8. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.35.56,50
9. Martin Jaks
CZE 00.36.04,30
10. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.36.13,20
11. Tobias Angerer
GER 00.36.18,80
12. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.36.29,20
13. Jens Filbrich
GER 00.36.33,90
14. Sergey Turychev
RUS 00.36.57,80
15. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 00.37.10,20