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Norwegian domination in the Tour de Ski

The Tour de Ski took place on Sunday with Norway's John Hösflot Klaebo and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg before the climb to Alpe Cermis expected winner.

Klaebo won as yet the recent cross-country skiers in the Tour de Ski. The 22-Year-old will, therefore, also in this statistics, the successor of Dario Cologna, who had been in 2009 during his first of four triumphs in eight months older. Klaebo defended on Sunday at the seventh and final stage to the Alpe Cermis his lead in the overall standings. Up to 28% steep rise in its rich upholstery faded, however, threat. The Russian Sergey Ustjugow, with a Handicap of 1:20 minutes to start, up to 16 seconds. Klaebos compatriot Simen Hegstad Krueger before delivery 3. After the abandonment of Cologna, the Swiss Toni liversedge and Jonas Baumann just finished on the places 31 and 32 in the Tour.

Ostberg during the women totally superior

After two 2. Spaces is also Ostberg, for the first time at the top of the Tour de Ski podium. The 28-Year-old celebrated her victory with a double strike. The former Sprint specialist was also the best time of the day, what is regarded as the Overall Triumph as a world Cup victory. Østberg continued to expand their lead over Russian Natalia Neprjajewa at 2:42 minutes - a record lead in the Tour de Ski.

A conciliatory completion of a little enjoyable week Nathalie von Siebenthal experienced. The Bernese Oberland countries lost as the day seventh in 1:38 minutes on Ostberg. The 25-Year-old worked his way up from 20. in the 15. Rank. In the past two years, had become the Eighth Von Siebenthal in the stage race. "Now just don't get sick", - said the Swiss, because the Form is rising.

From the international point of view, the Tour brought the realization that Russia as the clear number 2 in the Nation behind Norway. For men, the two countries shared all of the Top 8 places in the women's three-Russi before joined can in the first six.

what's next?

The Tour de Ski 2018/19 not just from a Swiss perspective under a bad sign - the task of Cologna, Von Siebenthal outside the Top Ten. The stage race, 14 years ago, are decisive of graubünden, Jürg Capol designed to crown the most complete long-runner, has lost its charisma. Too many athletes pick out merely the first race to run in the Form. Cologna and Martin Johnsrud Sundby had to leave before the Tour, the Mix of the stages like: sprint-heavy, long enough to have little competitions with individual start race. Klaebo, for example, mark 3:12 minutes of Bonus. Against such a pad is difficult to arrive.

the women took up with Therese Johaug is the Best and also the men had to be geweibelt, such as Capol in conversation with the "Aargauer Zeitung" suggested, behind the Scenes, to prevent the premature exit of Klaebo. A Tour-Leader who gives up two days prior to the closing, would not be good for the reputation of the event, which accounts for a significant part of the Marketing and media value of the entire cross - country skiing in winter.

With the temporary exit of the traditional Etappenorts Oberstdorf because of the Nordic world of 2021, and the lost referendum in Liechtenstein to a first-time visit to the Tour in the Region, Championships organizer is missing from the FIS for the next harvest. The coming Winter is not a great place to find occasion, so that the value of the Tour de Ski is on the rise. "The product needs a splash of color," called for Capol, the Nordic Director with FIS Marketing AG. The 53-Year-old thinks of a special stage, a slightly crazy point of departure ("Why not Moscow?") or a revolutionary form of competition. Up in the spring of clarity. (sda)

Created: 06.01.2019, 16:40 PM

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