Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
Alexander Legkov (RUS), Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) (l-r)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Therese Johaug (NOR)
Dario Cologna (SUI)
Denise Herrmann (GER)
Petter Northug (NOR)
Matti Heikkinen (FIN), Petter Northug (NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS) (l-r)

JUSTYNA KOWALCZYK AND MAXIM VYLEGZHANIN WIN SECOND STAGE OF TOUR DE SKI

30.12.2012
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Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) secured victory without any problems on second stage of Tour de Ski in Oberhof. The Polish won ahead of Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) and Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots). Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) secured victory after photofinish shortly followed by his compatriot Alexander Legkov (RUS). Third went to Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer).
No problems for Kowalczyk
Top favourite Justyna Kowalczyk didn't have any problems celebrating her first stage victory in this year's Tour de Ski. In classical race Kowalczyk caught up her start disadvantage after three kilometres and left her opponents Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) and Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) behind. After two of three laps both were caught up by the chasing group. At this time of the race only Therese Johaug (13th in prologue) was the only single chaser of Kowalczyk but the Norwegian wasn't able to extend the gap to the chasing group to more than ten seconds. During the last kilometres the group regained more and more of Johaug's advantage, Kowalczyk won 41 seconds ahead of the Norwegian and Johaug stayed only four seconds in front of her followers. "I am feeling great now. We had very hard conditions today. I felt a bit tired. My skis were perfect from start to finish. This evening we travel to Switzerland and have a look at the track tomorrow", Kowalczyk stated. Anne Kyllönen who showed a great performance in the chasing group as she did in Canada. She had a better final sprint and edged out Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer) who finished fourth again. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh, ninth went to Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).

Russian athletes controll the race
Russian skiers dominated 15k classical pursuit in Oberhof. Three Russians made it to the leading group of seven who stayed together until the end. But they didn't agree about their tactics so Alexander Legkov escaped during the third of five laps and this team mate closed hte gap again. In the final stretch Vylegzhanin was shortly ahead of his compatriot, third went to Petter Northug who a very tactical race followed by Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots). Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) came in fifth. Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) finished eighth after a good race and position 18 after prologue, tenth went to Johan Olsson (SWE, Fischer).


9km Pursuit classic Women, Oberhof (GER):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.25.01,40
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.25.42,80
3. Anne Kyllönen
FIN 00.25.46,40
4. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.25.49,80
5. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.25.50,50
6. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.26.03,30
7. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.26.03,80
8. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.26.05,80
9. Riitta Roponen
FIN 00.26.06,50
10. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.26.13,80
11. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.26.26,00
12. Marthe Kristoffersen
NOR 00.26.29,10
13. Riikka Sarasoja
FIN 00.26.30,40
14. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.26.34,50
15. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.26.35,80
15km Pursuit classic Men, Oberhof (GER):
1. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.39.47,00
2. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.39.47,10
3. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.39.53,50
4. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.39.53,70
5. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.39.54,70
6. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.40.07,50
7. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 00.40.16,30
8. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.40.28,10
9. Sergey Turychev
RUS 00.40.34,60
10. Johan Olsson
SWE 00.40.46,40
11. Andy Kühne
GER 00.40.49,60
12. Dietmar Nöckler
ITA 00.40.50,80
13. Jens Filbrich
GER 00.40.53,60
14. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.41.11,70
15. Martin Jaks
CZE 00.41.12,20