The Tour de Ski arrives in Südtirol

02 January 2014 13:57
Hofer, Moriggl, Dietmar
Hofer, Moriggl, Dietmar -
Alex Tabarelli

From sportsnews.bz

After the opening two stages in Oberhof, Germany and the next two in Lenzerheide, Switzerland the Tour de Ski - the hardest cross-country stage race in the world- has arrived in the South Tyrol region. 

On Friday, 3rd January 2014, pursuit competitions will take place in the free-technique for men and ladies in Dobbiaco.

For men the Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby comes in as the overall leader in the Tour. The Scandinavian after the first four stages has a total time of 48.13.6 min to. "I look forward to the next stages, especially the race from Cortina - Dobbiaco. I feel fit and will give everything on the 35 kilometer long pursuit, " said Sundby.

Sundby's lead over Calle Halfvarsson (Sweden) who second in the standings is +31.7 seconds. The Canadian Alex Harvey is third +35.3 seconds back, while Petter Northug (Norway ) is +37.3 seconds behind his countryman. 

It is a Norwegian as well in the ladies' competition that is the Tour overall leader, namely Astrid Jacobsen. She has a  +35.4 seconds lead over her compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg who has withdrawn from the Tour to prepare for Nove Mesto, Cze sprints.  As a result in second now in the rankings is Finnish skier Kerttu Niskanen +36.8 seconds back. "I think of the Tour de Ski from stage to stage. For me, the Tour de Ski is very important in terms of qualifying for the Olympics. As for the overall win, I see Therese Johaug has to be the favourite," says Jacobsen.

The ladies' 15 km pursuit competition will begin at 10:30 CET tomorrow, and the men's 35 km pursuit will begin 12:15 CET.