Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Therere Johaug (NOR)
Therese Johaug (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Kristin Steira (NOR) (l-r)
Dario Cologna (SUI), Alexander Legkov (RUS), Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) (l-r)
Dario Cologna (SUI)
Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
Petter Northug (NOR)

JUSTYNA KOWALCZYK AND ALEXANDER LEGKOV SUCCEED IN TOUR DE SKI

06.01.2013
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Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) managed it to secure her fourth victory in Tour de Ski with a relatively small advantage ahead of Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer). After two wins in a row Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) missed another triumph. Third went to Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer).
Kowalczyk k.o., Johaug with great uphill skiing
Kowaczyk started into last stage of Tour de Ski with a 2:08 minutes advantage. But Therese Johaug shortened the gap already during he flat parts before the uphill second by second. The Norwegian seemed to be much fresher than the Polish. After nine kilometres the gap between them was only 27,9 seconds - 500 metres more would have been enough for the Norwegian. For Kowalczyk it was her fourth Tour de Ski victory in a row.Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) who had a lot of problems during the classical stages in the last days dropped back to seventh position ahead of Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) who increased from twelve to eight. Ninth went to Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).


Legkov too strong for Cologna
Very early, just behind the beginning of Alpe Cermis uphill, Alexander Legkov (RUS) looked over his shoulder and forced deciding attack and Cologna and Vylegzhanin weren't able to follow. At this moment Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) got serious problems as well. On top of Alpe Cermis 10 were lacking for triple champion Dario Cologna who was able to detach hisself from Maxim Vylegzhanin (40 seconds behind) during the last kilometre. Northug found a good pace for himself after looking very, very bad at the beginning - but today he was only able to celebrate his 27th birthday. The Norwegian finished fourth, 1:07 minutes back. He was only five seconds ahead of strong skiing Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) whose pace Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) wasn't able to follow at the end of the race. Giorgio di Centa (ITA, Fischer) came in eighth followed by Johan Olsson (SWE, Fischer).
9k uphill pursuit Women, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.35.52,50
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.36.20,40
3. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.38.32,00
4. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.38.57,20
5. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.39.06,00
6. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.39.21,60
7. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.39.43,80
8. Riitta Roponen
FIN 00.40.12,10
9. Anne Kyllönen
FIN 00.40.15,50
10. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.40.50,90
11. Emma Wiken
SWE 00.41.01,60
12. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.41.12,40
13. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.41.29,00
14. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.41.32,90
15. Elizabeth Stephen
USA 00.42.02,00
9k uphill pursuit Men, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.31.03,40
2. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.31.22,10
3. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.31.44,10
4. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.32.11,10
5. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.32.15,80
6. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.32.45,10
7. Ivan Babikov
CAN 00.33.07,80
8. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 00.33.18,90
9. Johan Olsson
SWE 00.33.24,10
10. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.33.50,90
11. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.33.57,60
12. Devon Kershaw
CAN 00.34.00,80
13. Daniel Rickardsson
SWE 00.34.01,70
14. Calle Halfvarsson
SWE 00.34.02,60
15. Tobias Angerer
GER 00.34.04,40