6-7-8 January 2023




Norwegian Heidi Weng wins Final Climb over Andersson
Nepryaeva is 4th and wins the Tour in Val di Fiemme
Predictions respected, celebrations on the Cermis, unique race in the World
Time for men in the afternoon, another battle

”Tender and small, such a great heart…” says Heidi’s song lyrics. The Norwegian, surely not with a massive body, but with such a… great heart, wins the race against everyone today. It was the last stage of this 16th edition of Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme (ITA) and everything finished as planned. After winning the Tour in 2017 and 2018, today the “norge” with an important gap of 1’12’’ before starting, could not help attacking, and so it was.
She won the race of the day, the incredible Final Climb on Alpe Cermis confronting the ascent, touching even 28% difference in height, with a unique determination. Coming after and trying the impossible, Ebba Andersson (SWE) last year Final Climb winner; then, plotter Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS), controlled the situations, ending in 4th position, good enough to win her first Tour de Ski, as the first Russian woman ever.
The 46 “survivors” after the 5 stages, started from Lago di Tesero for the FT 10 km Mass Start, a brief passage in the stadium, then along Marcialonga track and up to Cermis.
The American Diggins and the Swedish Hangstroem show up at first, but at the beginning of the ascent the Norwegian Weng together with Andersson and Parmakoski try to run away. Andersson and Weng increase their rhythm and Nepryaeva follows. Weng wants her victory, deciding to attack Andersson and ending first in 35’41”2; with an incredible come back, Claudel (FRA) is third. And the Russian? The serious Natalia makes it right, fourth position and winner of the Tour de Ski.
Nice words spoken by Nepryaeva, left here four month ago during the Rollerski World Championship, same locations, upset. “I remember it very well, my rollerskis broke. I love Cermis, but not enough to take part to the amateur race Rampa con i Campioni, as Alexander Legkov (winner this morning). “I was quite worried for this race, I did not know what to expect and how my body would have answered to all this stress. I was not sure about my victory until the last 600 meters.”
Val di Fiemme, once again, showed great organisational capacities, Tour de Ski should be here until 2027.
Men are competing now and results will follow soon.

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Final Climb Women
1 WENG Heidi NOR 35:41.2; 2 ANDERSSON Ebba SWE 35:48.2; 3 CLAUDEL Delphine FRA 36:09.7; 4 NEPRYAEVA Natalia RUS 36:13.5; 5 LAUKLI Sophia USA 36:31.1; 6 PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN 36:41.1; 7 McCABE Novie USA 36:45.6; 8 NISKANEN Kerttu FIN 36:46.5; 9 STADLOBER Teresa AUT 36:50.0; 10 SORINA Tatiana RUS 36:56.2

Tour de Ski Women
1 NEPRYAEVA Natalia RUS 1:59:38.5; 2 ANDERSSON Ebba SWE +46.7; 3 WENG Heidi NOR +1:07.7; 4 PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN +1:48.6; 5 NISKANEN Kerttu FIN +1:52.0



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