Legkov wins 5 km classic stage in Toblach, Cologna takes overall Tour Lead
Alexander Legkov could celebrate his first stage win in Tour de Ski, taking 15 bonus seconds at finish and thereby climbing up on the overall Tour de Ski standing, ranked as third. Legkov who started as the 5th last athlete, showed great performance, edging out Eldar Roenning with 1.7 seconds at the finish. Dario Cologna finished third, 2 seconds behind Legkov, and took another 5 important bonus seconds, and secured the overall Tour de Ski Lead, 15.7 seconds ahead of Northug and 39.2 seconds ahead of Legkov. Roenning who took 10 bonus seconds in today’s classic race is currently ranked 9th in the overall standing, 1:54.4 minute behind Cologna.
Complete Tour de Ski standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2012/CC/2560/2012CC2560TDS.pdf
Starting second in today’s race, Axel Teichmann did an impressing start of the fifth Tour de Ski stage in Toblach. Having the best time at the intermediate time at 1.8 km and at finish, it took another 52 athletes to finish before his time was beaten. Eldar Roenning who finished second was leading the stage win until Legkov rushed into his finish.
Petter Northug could not compete against the time of Legkov or Roenning this day, finishing 12th, 13.8 seconds behind Legkov, having lost severe time in the last part of the course. Northug is now ranked second in the overall Tour de Ski standing, 15.7 seconds behind Cologna, and will have to ski fast in the two next events in Toblach to still have the chance to fight for victory in Tour de Ski.
With a new competition format in Tour de Ski, 5 km classic, the format seemed to fit Alexander Legkov very well. On a day where waxing conditions were hard, and most of the athletes chose no-wax skis, Legkov was very pleased with his performance. 4 Russians in total came into top-10, with Ilia Chernousov finishing 5th, Dmitry Japarov 7th and Nikita Kriukov 8th.
Tour de Ski continues tomorrow with its sixth stage, free sprint.