Sundby gets revenge on stage 7
Overall Tour leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway wanted his revenge from his 15 km mass start classic competition result from Oberstdorf and he got it today in Val di Fiemme. Sundby lifted the pace on the final lap as he and his teammate Niklas Dyrhaug broke away from the field and in the end skied solo to the finish with a 7.7 second victory. In third place was Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan (+12.6) for his third podium of the Tour.
Sundby increased his lead in the overall standings to 2:51 minutes over Petter Northug (NOR) and with the stage 7 results the battle for 2-6th place is now really tight. Just 15.4 seconds separate that group. With his result today, Poltoranin has moved into 3rd overall in the Tour standings, followed closely by Sergey Ustiugov (RUS), Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR) and Didrik Toenseth (NOR).
The 10th FIS Tour de Ski will end with the completion of stage 8 in it's tradition location atop Alpe Cermis.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby, NOR
It was the same distance and technique as in Otberetsdorf but totally different result. I had amazing skis. The plan before the start to ski with the pack with the skis like I had to go for it. I am really happy for the victory and happy that Niklas is on the podium as well.
Niklas Dyrhaug, NOR
I was close off the podium in Oberstdorf. It feels great to finish in 2nd place. One of the goals today was to help other guys from Norway fighting for the overall. I had to be patient and follow the lead and go got the sprint. I tried to do as good job as possible. I started to be little bit tired in the second last lap.
Alexey Poltoranin, KAZ
It was a good race. I am really happy to be again on the podium. My service team did a very good job. I had amazing skis. Let’s see about tomorrow.
MEN - 15 km classic mass start
1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 39:55.2
2. DYRHAUG Niklas +7.7
3. POLTORANIN Alexey KAZ +12.6
4. DE FABIANI Francesco ITA +30.2
5. KROGH Finn Haagen +30.9
Complete results are available HERE.
OVERALL TOUR STANDINGS
1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 3:16:31.2
2. NORTHUG Petter Jr. NOR +2:51.5
3. POLTORANIN Alexey KAZ +2:53.0
4. USTIUGOV Sergey RUS +2:56.2
5. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +3:01.4
Complete overall Tour standings are available HERE.