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Justyna Kowalczykwins 2010 Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski

Tour de Ski

Mon, Jan  11, 2010 - By FIS

The Polish skier arrived on the Alpe Cermis after a demanding last stage 19,6 seconds ahead of Petra Majdic (SLO), who started into the race as a leader. On third place finished Arianna Follis (ITA) 1:12.1 min behind the winner. Aino Kaisa Saarinen gave her best to close the gap between Follis and her but at the end the home favourite was faster.

Majdic winner of the sprint ranking

In the sprint ranking, Petra Majdic took the victory 1.04min ahead of Arianna Follis and Aino Kaisa Saarinen.

Steira fastest

The fastest lady of the day on the 9 km long course with an uphill of 3,7 km was Kristin Steira (NOR) 35:49,4min.

Justyna Kowalczyk - Tour winner

I'm very happy about my victory. The Tour de Ski is one of the biggest event in Cross-Country Skiing. It is the third biggest event after the Olympics and World Championships. It was a tough race and I tried to attack Petra quite early but I couldn't make it and so I stayed behind for a while. At the end, I could manage the take over and even gain a couple of seconds. Now I try to rest, eat and sleep a lot. This evening we will go to Tallinn and I will prepare myself for Otepää. This is one of my favourite place in the World Cup.

Petra Majdic - Tour Sprint winner, 2nd in Tour Overall ranking

I am very happy about my second place today! I feel perfect. It is the end of Tour de Ski. I made it so I am very happy. Today it was one of my best Final Climbs ever. I felt very good, relaxed and easy going and I enjoyed the race very much. I imporved my skating technique thies season. I did not expect that Justyna will attack in the uphill. I even felt that she started to lose but she came back and attacked. She was faster in te curves and that made the difference. I knew she had one of the fastest times last year so I am very happy with my result. Final Cimb has a special value to Cross-Country skiing. We get a lot of attanetion to our sport.

Arianna Follis - 3rd in Tour Overall ranking

I am very satisfied with my race today. It was very hard and tough race for me. Aino Kaisa Saarinen was very close and she was attacking strongly. I am happy I could claim 3rd place here in Italy. I like it very much here. I improved during this season my classic technique. We will skip upcoming World Cup weekends in Otepää. We will go after to Canmore. Now it is there very cold but temperatures should rise up little bit.