Kikkan Randall (USA)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE), Kikkan Randall (USA), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) (l-r)
Denise Herrmann (GER)
Marcus Hellner (SWE), Petter Northug (NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS) (l-r)
Petter Northug (NOR)

KIKKAN RANDALL AND PETTER NORTHUG WIN FIRST STAGES AT TOUR DE SKI IN OBERHOF

29.12.2012
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Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) secured victory in first stage at Tour de Ski in Oberhof. In men's race Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) celebrated victory at first stage of Tour de Ski in Oberhof ahead of Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer).
Randall regains lost time
After 1.7 kilometre split time in 3.0k prologue Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) and Kikkan Randall were almost tied for leading position with just a 0.4 seconds gap but in the downhill the American skied much better and celebrated victory 4.4 seconds ahead of the Swede. "Kikkanimal" secured 15 bonus seconds for Overall ranking, too. Charlotte Kalla finished second just 0.3 seconds ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots). The Polish fell on icy tracks during the training sessions, today everything went much better with strong winds and fog for her so she was able to regain a few seconds in the downhill. Fourth went to Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer) followed by the Finn Riitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) who always skied well in Oberhof prologue. Coraline Hugue (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh ahead of Yulija Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer).

Northug best downhill skier
Before christmas Petter Northug told he wants to start into Tour de Ski slowly and save energy for the italian stages. But today he showed a great race from start to finish and he already was just 3.5 seconds behind the leaders on top of the uphill. In the downhill he had great skis and finished 6.1 seconds ahead of Marcus Hellner - although he obviously gave away little time at the last metres. Northug is going to start 11 seconds ahead of Hellner into tomorrow's handicap race but obviously will caught up soon in tomorrow's race due to his tactics. "Yesterday the track was more icy, today it was very deep. I like this type of race, you have to strategize well, can't ski full speed to save some energy for the end of the race. I have a good feeling", Northug stated. Marcus Hellner can feel comfortable with his result and finishing second, fourth went to  Dario Cologna (SUI, skis and boots). Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) came in sixth followed by Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer).


Prologue Women, Oberhof (GER):
1. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.07.28,10
2. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.07.32,50
3. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.07.32,80
4. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.07.37,40
5. Riitta Roponen
FIN 00.07.38,70
6. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.07.40,30
7. Coraline Hugue
FRA 00.07.42,90
8. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.07.43,30
8. Celia Aymonier
FRA 00.07.43,30
10. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.07.44,10
11. Holly Brooks
USA 00.07.45,00
12. Natalia Korosteleva
RUS 00.07.45,20
13. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.07.45,30
14. Riikka Sarasoja
FIN 00.07.46,70
14. Anastasia Dotsenko
RUS 00.07.46,70
Prolog Herren, Oberhof (GER):
1. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.08.28,70
2. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.08.34,80
3. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.08.35,90
4. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.08.38,80
5. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.08.39,40
6. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.08.40,00
7. Martin Jaks
CZE 00.08.40,50
7. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.08.40,50
9. Ales Razym
CZE 00.08.42,00
10. Curdin Perl
SUI 00.08.42,20
11. David Hofer
ITA 00.08.42,30
12. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 00.08.44,80
13. Emil Jönsson
SWE 00.08.44,90
14. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 00.08.45,90
15. Robin Duvillard
FRA 00.08.48,70