Niskanen (FIN) wins first ever stage World Cup
Kerttu Niskanen of Finland became the fifth athlete of this Tour de Ski to win her first ever stage World Cup. Niskanen held off three Norwegians on the homestretch to record her first victory. In second place was Norway's Astrid Jacobsen. Before the competition was over Jacobsen was already the virtual Tour leader with bonus seconds accumulated during the race. With her second place finish today she secured the leader's bib heading into stage 5 in Italy Friday.
The Tour leader at the start of the day, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway was 10th today but retained the Sprint leaders bib and will now withdraw from the Tour to prepare for the sprint weekend in Nove Mesto, Cze.
The Tour de Ski will now move to Italy for stages 5,6 and 7.
LADIES' TOP 5
1. NISKANEN Kerttu FIN
2. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +0.4
3. JOHAUG Therese NOR +1.1
4. WENG Heidi NOR +1.9
5. SAARINEN Aino-Kaisa FIN +2.5
Complete results from ladies' 10 km classic available HERE.
LADIES' OVERALL TOUR STANDINGS TOP 5
1. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR 38:14.2
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +35.4
3. NISKANEN Kerttu FIN +36.8
4. JOHAUG Therese NOR +44.7
5. SAARINEN Aino-Kaisa FIN +54.0
Complete overall Tour standings are available HERE.