Kikkan Randall (USA)
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR), Federico Pellegrino (ITA), Len Valjas (CAN)
Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR)
Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS), Federico Pellegrino (ITA)
Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)


Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) celebrated another victory without any problems in third stage of Tour de Ski. In men's free sprint Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) surprisingly won the race.
Kikkan unbeatable again
Kikkan Randall did it again: The American who celebrated her 30th birthday yesterday dominated the whole race day. In prologue she already was five seconds faster than all her opponents, same during the heats - her 3.4 seconds advantage in semifinal even was her smallest gap up to runner-up. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) had no more energies in the final and finished sixth. Seventh went to Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) who came in third in her semifinal. On the other hand Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) was very happy about her semifinal result and lost only a few seconds against the Polish. Eighth went to Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer) ahead of Aurore Jean (FRA, Fischer) and Johaug.

Krogh wins sensational, Cologna was thwarted by his own fan
Men's final ended with a big surprise: After Norwegian team leaders told that everyone outside top 25 in Overall ranking will be send home after Cortina-Toblach Finn Haagen Krogh secured victory in his first World Cup stage, third went to Lenny Valjas (CAN, Fischer skis and boots). "I never thought about winning today. I wanted to reach the semifinal. But it is a great bonus for me winning today", Krogh stated. All three podium finishers benefitted of a crash of local Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) who jammed with a flag of one of his fans so he fell in the uphill. He finished fourth followed by Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer) and Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer) who a lot of bad luck again: First he fell in a very icy corner but he made it to the next round. In the final he broke his poles and didn't fight for a better result. Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) missed the final as Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) and thr Norwegian came in seventh. But the Russian was able to stay in front in Overall ranking with a tiny advantage. seventh went to Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) ahead of Northug, Andy Newell (USA, Fischer) and Vylegzhanin. Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) came in twelfth.

Sprint F Women, Val Müstair (SUI):
0. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.00.00,00
1. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.03.37,10
2. Ingvild Flugstad Östberg
NOR 00.03.45,80
3. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.03.47,70
4. Hanna Kolb
GER 00.03.49,70
5. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.03.51,80
6. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.03.56,60
Sprint F Men, Val Müstair (SUI):
1. Finn Haagen Krogh
NOR 00.03.21,30
2. Federico Pellegrino
ITA 00.03.22,30
3. Len Valjas
CAN 00.03.22,90
4. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.03.24,80
5. Calle Halfvarsson
SWE 00.03.27,80
6. Emil Jönsson
SWE 00.03.54,20