8-9-10 January 2021

Klæbo victorious in the sprint. Tomorrow the Grand Finale on Alpe Cermis

Great result for Scardoni, Lampic Triumphs!

 04.01.2020

Alexander Bolshunov pretended to yawn in front of the cameras before the final of today’s C sprint in Val di Fiemme, just after risking not qualifying for breaking a pole. Maybe the Russian knows something we ignore in view of the final stage of the 14th Tour de Ski scheduled for tomorrow on the Olimpia III slope on Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme. Also the other Russian Sergej Ustiugov seemed in good shape today.

But before jumping to conclusions about the winner of the Tour de Ski, let’s see the results of today’s race. The men’s sprint event was easily won by Johannes Klaebo: "It was a very nice race. I had good skis and I was in good shape. I pushed hard until the last metre and somehow I won. Tomorrow it will be very tough, especially in the last part. I always try to focus on one race at a time". After the race, Klaebo and Bolshunov repeated the last 100 meters of the sprint in front of the festive crowed, and Klaebo triumphed again.

Anamarija Lampic (SLO) won the women's sprint achieving her third ever World Cup victory. The Italian Lucia Scardoni raced to a fifth place finish. It was the only good result in today’s races for the Italian team, since Federico Pellegrino went out in the quarterfinals; he could have got on the podium in front of the “home” supporters. Scardoni was very satisfied: "This is my favourite race format. I'd like to see more sprint events in the Tour in the future, even in classic. I'm very satisfied with my first final, there's still some regret because I could have done better, but it's a great result. I had fun so I didn’t feel the fatigue; besides, racing in Italy in front of a great crowd is always nice". Maicol Rastelli wasn’t able to get to the semifinals, but he fought until the last metre: "Today's race format is the one that best suits me, so I really like it. I don't think there will be more sprint events in the future editions of the Tour than this year. Tomorrow I will take part in the race and conclude the Tour".

The Norwegian Klaebo was once again victorious after yesterday's mass start win, and now leads the overall Tour de Ski standings 1 second ahead of Bolshunov. Therese Johaug was not brilliant today (it wasn't her favourite race), but she is the real favourite to conquer the Tour de Ski, with Jacobsen, Oestberg and Weng trying to get on an all-Norwegian podium, without forgetting the outsider Ebba Andersson (SWE) and Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS). Sergej Ustiugov and Alexander Bolshunov had to surrender to Klaebo and his excellent skis. Does it depend on the Russians’ skis? We'll find out tomorrow; mental strength is what makes the difference in the most 'extreme' race of the cross-country skiing world, the Final Climb on Alpe Cermis.

Anamarija Lampic won today’s women sprint event. She feels at ease on the slopes of the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero, since she won the Skiri Trophy three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2011: "The Skiri Trophy, once Trofeo Topolino, is very important to me, and Lago di Tesero has a special place in my heart. I won the trophy three times when I was younger. I remember I received a lot of chocolate as a prize, it was the first important race I took part in in 2009. And that was the start of my career and that of many other young athletes". A sensational Astrid Jacobsen raced to a 2nd place finish and Jessica Diggins finished third.

Tomorrow there will also be the "Rampa con i Campioni" which will see Johannes' brother, Ola Hoesflot Klaebo, take part in the race with the final climb up the Alpe Cermis. He will shoot videos for the "vlog" on the YouTube channel which keeps fans up to date on Johannes’ accomplishments and life outside the cross-country skiing world.

 
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Sprint CT- Women
1 Lampic Anamarija SLO 3:03.03; 2 Jacobsen Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +0.22; 3 Diggins Jessica USA +0.28; 4 Maubet Bjornsen Sadie USA +0.80; 5 Scardoni Lucia ITA +1.12; 6 Nepryaeva Natalia RUS +15.30
Sprint CT - Men
1 Klaebo Johannes Hoesflot NOR 3:03.78; 2 Ustiugov Sergey RUS +0.70; 3 Bolshunov Alexander RUS +1.33; 4 Golberg Paal NOR +2.01; 5 Retivykh Gleb RUS +6.30; 6 Melnichenko Andrey RUS +8.69
 
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