Krogh wins and Sundby extends overall lead on Stage 6
Norway's Finn Hagen Krogh has won the 10 km free technique stage 6 competiton of the FIS Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy. Krogh managed to hold off overall Tour leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) by just +3.6 for the win. In third place was France's Maurice Manificat +14.6 second back of Krogh's winning time of 22:07.8. Manificat just edged out Russia's Sergey Ustiugov by 1.4 seconds for 3rd place.
With today's win Krogh jumped from 7th place in the overall standings to 4th place just over two minutes back of Sundby. With his bounce-back performance on stage 6 Sundby has stretch his Tour lead back to 1:28.1 over Petter Northug (NOR) who held on for a 15th place finish today. With his strong 4th place finish in the 10 km in Toblach, Ustiugov now sits just 2.7 seconds back for Northug for 2nd in the overall standings.
Finn Hågen Krogh, NOR
I have had some ups and downs in the Tour de Ski this year. I had to believe there is a good day ahead of me. It is great to win and to beat Martin. He has been very strong the whole year and it is a great victory for me. I maybe started little bit too hard and around the halfway of the race it was difficult for me. But in the end I knew I could win and I just gave everything I had.
Martin Johnsrud Sunbdy, NOR
It is relieving to be back on the podium. I am happy about the 2nd place. I felt much better than in Oberstdorf. I knew Finn would be strong. The most important thing for me was to keep Petter and Ustiugov behind me. I have again a good gap but I don’t take anything for granted.
Maurice Manificat, FRA
It was my goal for the day to be on the podium. It was a good fight today. I had a very good first lap. Coaches told me I was in the fight for the podium and I was pushing as much as I could. Unfortunately I am far from the overall Tour de Ski podium but I am still fighting.
MEN - 10 km free
1. KROGH Finn Haagen 1990 NOR 22:07.8
2. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud 1984 NOR +3.6
3. MANIFICAT Maurice 1986 FRA +14.6
4. USTIUGOV Sergey 1992 RUS +16.0
5. HOLUND Hans Christer 1989 NOR +18.0
Complete results are available HERE.
OVERALL TOUR STANDINGS
1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 2:37:18.0
2. NORTHUG Petter Jr. NOR +1:28.1
3. USTIUGOV Sergey RUS +1:31.8
4. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +2:07.5
5. POLTORANIN Alexey KAZ +2:11.4
Complete overall TOUR standings are available HERE.