Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Therese Johaug (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Petter Northug (NOR)

TOUR FAVORITES MAKE THE PODIUM AT SECOND STAGE

30.12.2011
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Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) secured her second victory in the second stage of Tour de Ski in Oberhof. She won the handicap race ahead of Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) and Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). In men's race Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) and Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) likewise made the podium.
Kowalczyk and Johaug best athletes today
As last year Justyna Kowalczyk celebrated victories in the first two races in Oberhof. The Polish controlled the race together with Therese Johaug who was a few seconds behind at the beginning of the handicap race. They attacked two kilometres before finish and Marit Bjoergen and the Finn Saarinen couldn't follow. Bjoergen finished third later. In front of the race Justyna Kowalczyk and Therese Johaug fighted for victory until the finish line and the Norwegian lost by a hair's breadth. Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) came in sixth. "This was a really tough race, the snow was really difficult, but I am really satisfied that I'm number one in the second stage. Unfortunately the skis didn't work perfect, but anyhow I think the best idea today was to ski on Zero-skis, which I also had", Kowalczyk said.

Northug second ahead of Cologna
As supposed the decision in men's race was made only a few meters before finish again. While German Teichmann was ahead Dario Cologna felt in the last uphill before stadium and slowed all the other athletes down. The Swiss was back on his skies quickly and finished third behind Petter Northug. "I was on the back skis of Matti Heikkinen as I saw him fall right in front of me, I had to go out in the snow, but I think I was lucky I didn’t fall.  I am satisfied with the first two days in Oberhof. I didn’t do well in Oberstdorf last year; I want to change that this year", said Northug. Giorgio Di Centa (ITA, Fischer) showed a great race for the first time this year and came in sixth ahead of Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) who did a lot of work during the race.
Handicaprace 10km C Women, Oberhof (GER):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.25.15,70
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.25.15,90
3. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.25.22,80
4. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.25.32,00
5. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 00.26.09,10
6. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.26.14,30
7. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.26.15,30
8. Stefanie Boehler
GER 00.26.15,60
9. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.26.15,80
10. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.26.18,70
11. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.26.30,40
12. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg
NOR 00.26.31,40
13. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.26.31,80
14. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.26.34,30
15. Kristin Stoermer Steira
NOR 00.26.34,50
Handicaprennen 15km klassisch Herren, Oberhof (GER):
1. Axel Teichmann
GER 00.46.03,30
2. Petter Northug
NOR 00.46.05,60
3. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.46.06,20
4. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.46.07,50
5. Eldar Roenning
NOR 00.46.08,60
6. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 00.46.09,70
7. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.46.09,80
8. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.46.12,30
9. Sergey Turychev
RUS 00.46.12,31
10. Jens Filbrich
GER 00.46.12,80
11. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 00.46.14,50
12. Tobias Angerer
GER 00.46.15,00
13. Sami Jauhojaervi
FIN 00.46.16,40
14. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 00.46.17,00
15. Devon Kershaw
CAN 00.46.19,50