Did you know? Stage 6 of Tour de Ski
Kalla to finally break Norwegian dominance?
- Stage 6 of the Tour de Ski is a 5km freestyle race with individual start. This is the first time this event is held in the Tour de Ski.
- Therese Johaug won the 5km freestyle stage held in Ruka in November 2015, ahead of Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter. Johaug also won the same event in Lillehammer in December 2014.
- Charlotte Kalla has won five World Cup races in freestyle races over 5 or 10km, including World Championships and Olympic Games, Kalla has won seven times (all on 10km freestyle). This is most of all active athletes this season.
Johaug aiming to equal Bjørgen
- Therese Johaug won her 10th stage win in the Tour de Ski with her victory in stage 5 in Oberstdorf. Johaug needs one more win to equal Marit Bjørgen in second place on the all-time list with 11 stage wins. Justyna Kowalczyk has most wins with 14. Of the participants in this edition of the Tour de Ski, Charlotte Kalla (3) and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (2) are the only other athletes with more than one stage win.
- Johaug has 23 stage podiums in the TDS, third in the all-time list. Kowalczyk is leading with 28 stage podiums, ahead of Bjørgen’s 25.
13th Tour stage in Toblach
- This will be stage number 13 held in the Tour de Ski in Toblach. Marit Bjørgen has five stage wins in Toblach, Justyna Kowalczyk four wins, Arianna Follis, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Petra Majdic one win each.
- Therese Johaug did, however, win in Toblach less than three weeks ago, winning a World Cup event over 10km classic style on 20th December. Johaug won ahead of Krista Pärmakoski and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg.
Sundby looking to strike back with fourth consecutive 10km win
- Stage 6 of the Tour de Ski is a 10km freestyle race with individual start. This is the first time this event is held in the Tour de Ski.
- 10km freestyle has been a part of the 3-days opening World Cup Tour, with the Tour de Ski red bib leader, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, winning the two previous races in Lillehammer in December 2014 and in Ruka in November 2015.
- Sundby also won the 10km freestyle stage 3 of this year’s TDS, a pursuit where Sundby kept his healthy lead until the finish line, leaving him unbeaten in 10km freestyle since Alexander Legkov won in Ruka in December 2012.
- In this year’s 3-days Tour in Ruka Sundby was followed by Alex Harvey in second place and Dario Cologna in third.
- Sundby has a total of three stage wins in the history of the Tour de Ski, two pursuits and one mass start. Petter Northug has the most stage wins with 13, ahead of Alexey Poltoranin, Dario Cologna and Lukas Bauer (5 wins).
- Sundby is in third position in the all-time list of stage podiums in the TDS, with 11. Northug tops with 31, while Cologna is second with 21.
- Sundby’s next World Cup win will be his 19th. With that win he will surpass Lukas Bauer (18), in sixth place in the all-time list. Dario Cologna is fifth with 21 wins. Bjørn Dæhlie (46), Petter Northug (36), Gunde Svan and Vladmir Smirnov (30) have won more.
- Stage number five in the Tour de Ski is a 15km classic style mass start race.
Northug most winning in Toblach
- This will be Tour de Ski stage number 13 held in Toblach. Petter Northug has most stage wins here with three wins. Alexey Poltoranin and Dario Cologna have two wins, while five athletes have won once (Alexander Legkov, Daniel Richardsson, Devon Kershaw, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Nikolay Morilov)
- Northug has finished on the podium in 10 of the 12 TDS stages held in Toblach. Cologna has eight podiums here, Sundby is third with three podiums.
- Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the 15km classic in Toblach held on 20th December. Alexander Bessmertnykh was second and Sjur Røthe third.
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