8-9-10 January 2021

Bolshunov and Johaug win the Tour de Ski

Russia and Norway on top of the podium

 05.01.2020

Today the Final Climb mass start in Val di Fiemme, grand final of the Tour de Ski
Alexander Bolshunov wins the Tour de Ski ahead of Sergej Ustiugov and Johannes Klaebo
Today’s race was won by Norway’s Simen Krueger and Therese Johaug
Exceptional audience figures, now focus on the FIS Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping World Cup events

 

"It will take a miracle", whispered Johannes Klaebo to his mother before today's final climb mass start from the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero to Alpe Cermis, in Val di Fiemme. The Norwegian raced to a 21st place finish and lost the overall title. The Russian Alexander Bolshunov takes the overall win of the 14th edition of the Tour de Ski: "The best three days of my life". The Norwegian Johannes Klaebo had to fight against many Russians, so he tried to gain as many metres as possible before the Final Climb, but in vain. The Norwegian gradually lost ground, and Sergej Ustiugov and Bolshunov accelerated in the toughest part of the course. The victory of today’s race went to Simen Krueger ahead of Sjur Roethe, while Bolshunov crossed the finish line in third place. "My main objective was to make the most of our teamwork. First and second place for Russia at the Tour de Ski is a good result," said Sergej. Today’s results of the men’s final climb: Krueger ahead of Roethe, Bolshunov, Spitsov and Ustiugov, fifth today and second overall at the Tour de Ski. Krueger conquered Alpe Cermis: "It’s great to finish this way. When you look at the climb in front of you it seems so hard and you can lose your motivation. But the secret is to keep going and never give up." Klaebo was less satisfied: "I think Russia and Norway had a similar strategy, both teams wanted to get the victory. My third place in the overall standings is still a good result for me". Dario Cologna finished sixth, Giandomenico Salvadori 41st (29th in the overall Tour de Ski): "I struggle especially uphill. I don't think skis make any difference, you just need to have enough energies to get to the finish". 51st Mikael Abram, 54th Maicol Rastelli.

It was a real success in Val di Fiemme thanks to weekend of Tour de Ski with new formats that everyone liked. Just before the men’s race, there was the women's final climb, the most popular event of the entire World Cup season. Therese Johaug was in the lead, but Lampic and Nepryaeva were with her at the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero. Weng and Oestberg were also in the leading group, but the last 3.5 km, all uphill with gradients close to 30%, had still to come. Therese Johaug triumphed once again ahead of Heidi Weng (+50.3) and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (+54.5), winning her third Tour de Ski in her career: "I've trained hard, I'm happy to be on top of the podium and to have won the Tour de Ski. I love this climb". The Norwegian phenomenon concluded her Tour de Ski over a minute ahead of Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS), fourth today on Cermis, and of the other Norwegian Oestberg, Weng and Jacobsen. Italy’s Anna Comarella achieved a good result thanks to her 15th place finish today and to her 18th place at the Tour de Ski: "It’s wonderful to arrive on Alpe Cermis. I felt strong emotions thinking about this climb and it was really beautiful because there were many people cheering us on; a wonderful atmosphere”. The audience figures were also exceptional: 6,000 on Friday, 10,000 on Saturday and 20,000 on Sunday: 36,000 in total; and now the Fiemme Ski World Cup committee will focus on the next events: the FIS Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping World Cup competitions scheduled from 10th to 12th January.


10 Km Mass Start FT - Women
1 Johaug Therese NOR 34:21.6; 2 Weng Heidi NOR 35:11.9, 3 Oestberg Ingvild Flugstad NOR 35:16.1, 4 Nepryaeva Natalia RUS 35:18.7, 5 Stadlober Teresa AUT 35:36.7, 6 Diggins Jessica USA 36:12.7, 7 Brennan Rosie USA 36:19.6, 8 Haga Ragnhild NOR 36:28.1, 9 Jacobsen Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR 36:32.0; 10 Hennig Katharina GER 36:34.5
 
Tour de Ski - Women
1 Johaug Therese NOR 2:28:18.6; 2 Nepryaeva Natalia RUS +1:11.1; 3 Oestberg Ingvild Flugstad NOR +1:17.5; 4 Weng Heidi NOR +1:37.3; 5 Jacobsen Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +2:13.4
 
10 Km Mass Start FT – Men
1 Krueger Simen Hegstad NOR 30:55.8; 2 Roethe Sjur NOR 31:09.7; 3 Bolshunov Alexander RUS 31:18.1; 4 Spitsov Denis RUS 31:22.0; 5 Ustiugov Sergey RUS 31:31.4; 6 Cologna Dario SUI 31:36.8; 7 Melnichenko Andrey RUS 31:40.6; 8 Esteve Altimiras Ireneu AND 31:43.6; 9 Larkov Andrey RUS 31:49.5; 10 Lapalus Hugo FRA 31:55.1
 
Tour de Ski - Men
1 Bolshunov Alexander RUS 2:58:18.1; 2 Ustiugov Sergey RUS +27.3; 3 Klaebo Johannes Hoesflot NOR +1:09.0; 4 Roethe Sjur NOR +1:51.6; 5 Krueger Simen Hegstad NOR +2:53.7
 
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