Poltoranin (KAZ) wins 15 km C in Lenzerheide

01 January 2014 13:42
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) -
NordicFocus

Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) has won the 15 km classic mass start competition during stage 4 of the Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Poltoranin had the lead into the final downhill and held off all challengers on the homestretch to claim his first victory of the season.  

In that chase group were two German's who with their result automatically qualified for the Sochi Olympic Games.  Hannes Dotlzer (GER) +0.6 took second, while Stanislav Volzhentsev (RUS) +1.0 was third just +0.1 seconds ahead of Thomas Bing (GER).  Jens Filbrich, also of Germany qualified for the Olympics with his 7th place finish.  

Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby collected sprint bonus seconds throughout the competition and moved himself into the overall Tour lead ahead of Canada's Alex Harvey who slipped to third in the overall after today's competition.  In second is Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson +31.7 behind Sundby.  

Tomorrow will be the second rest day of the Tour before the men's point to point 35 km free technique competition from Cortina-Toblach, Italy. 

ATHLETE QUOTES

Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
I am very happy about my performance today. It’s my first victory of the season. I left some power for the final sprint. I felt strong and today’s result gives me good confidence for next training for the Olympic Winter Games.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
The most important goal today was to keep Legkov and Halfvarsson behind me. The Norwegian team had great team tactics. We spoke about it also during the competition. Petter (Northug) helped me a lot today. I am looking forward to the next stages, especially for Cortina-Toblach stage. I feel strong for the 35 km free.

Men's top 10

1. POLTORANIN Alexey KAZ 34:28.1
2. DOTZLER Hannes GER +0.6
3. VOLZHENTSEV Stanislav RUS +1.0
4. BING Thomas GER +1.1
5. RICHARDSSON Daniel SWE +4.0    
6. JAUHOJAERVI Sami FIN +4.0
7. FILBRICH Jens GER +6.9
8. TURYSHEV Sergey RUS +7.9
9. ROETHE Sjur NOR +7.9
10. CHERNOUSOV Ilia RUS +8.9

Complete results from today's 15 km classic HERE

Men's Overall Tour standings

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 48:13.6
2. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE +31.7
3. HARVEY Alex CAN +35.3
4. NORTHUG Petter jr. NOR +37.3
5. CHERNOUSOV Ilia RUS +43.2

Overall Tour standings are available HERE