Weng and Ustiugov still lead after stage 4 of Ski Tour Canada

05 March 2016 23:36
Ladies podium Ski Tour Canada
Ladies podium Ski Tour Canada -
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Stage 4 of the FIS Ski Tour Canada in Quebec City featured the 10 km and 15 km free technique pursuit competitions.  Heidi Weng of Norway began the day just 11 seconds ahead of her teammate Therese Johaug in the overall Tour standings and now leaves Quebec with a 5.1 second lead heading into stage 5.  Johaug quickly closed the time gap and moved into the lead but Weng was able to match her pace and out sprint Johaug into the finish by just 0.1 seconds.  With 15, 10, 5 seconds bonus given to the top 3 at the finish Weng kept the bib with that 5.1 seconds. In third place was another Norwegian with Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen +1:05.2 back.  

On the men's side Sergey Ustiugov of Russia got his fourth consecutive podium of the Ski Tour and remains the Tour leader as the circus moves to Canmore for stage 5-8.  Ustiugov extended his Tour lead with bonus seconds to 22.7 second over Petter Northug Jr. of Norway.  Northug skied half of the competition with his teammate Emil Iversen but skied away to try and get Ustiugov but in the end finished almost the exact time that he started behind him for the day.  Iversen hung on for third place +1:02.2 behind.  He now sits +1:22.2 back from Ustiugov in the overall Tour standings.  World Cup Overall leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway recorded the fastest time of the day but still sits over two minutes back in the Tour standings.  

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ATHLETES QUOTES

Heidi Weng, NOR
It was a very good race. When Therese caught me she had a very high speed and I tried to stay with her. It was amazing to follow her. On the last hill I knew I was strong in the last meters. But it was very close. It is fun to win.

Therese Johaug, NOR
I tried to get a gap on Heidi but she was very strong. I pushed myself. It was a great day and beautiful conditions in Québec.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, NOR
It was a perfect day, great track and snow. The crowds were amazing. I am happy for 3rd place. I gave it all what I had. I am happy with 3rd place.

Sergey Ustiugov, RUS
It was a very hard race today. I was little bit afraid that Northug and Iversen are coming closer. I am happy I could keep the pace high and that I could go for victory. I picked up some bonus seconds and that is good as well.

Petter Northug Jr. NOR
Emil and I had a good speed after the start. I felt good and tried to attack Ustiugov but in the last lap it was just about not losing seconds on Ustiugov.

Emil Iversen, NOR
We had a good strategy before the race but then I ran out of power and it was a big battle for me to go to the finish. But I am very happy to be number 3 today and in the Ski Tour. The Ski Tour is in the halfway and there are still many kilometres to go. I have to focus on the next stages

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OFFICIAL RESULTS - Quebec City Stage 4 

LADIES - 10 km Pursuit

1. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR 24:18.8
2. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR +0.1
3. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt 1987 NOR +1:05.2
4. FALLA Maiken Caspersen 1990 NOR +1:37.6
5. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA +1:48.1

Complete ladies results are available HERE

SKI TOUR CANADA STANDINGS

1. WENG Heidi NOR 1:00:27.1
2. JOHAUG Therese NOR +5.1
3. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +1:15.2
4. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR +1:52.6
5. DIGGINS Jessica USA +2:03.1

Complete STC standings for ladies available HERE

FASTEST OF THE DAY

1. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR 24:07.1
2. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +11.7
3. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt1987 NOR +30.4
4. DIGGINS Jessica USA +32.6
5. BJORNSEN Sadie 1989 USA +48.5

Complete results for Fastest of the Day available HERE.

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. JOHAUG Therese, NOR  2140 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad, NOR -216 pts
3. WENG Heidi, NOR -404 pts

Overall World Cup Standings for ladies available HERE

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 MEN - 15 km Pursuit

1. USTIUGOV Sergey 1992 RUS 34:31.8
2. NORTHUG Petter Jr.1986 NOR +17.7
3. IVERSEN Emil 1991 NOR +1:02.2
4. HARVEY Alex 1988 CAN +1:49.8
5. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud 1984 NOR +1:50.8

Complete results for men's pursuit available HERE

SKI TOUR CANADA STANDINGS

1. USTIUGOV Sergey, RUS 2:23:58.6
2. NORTHUG Petter Jr., NOR +22.7
3. IVERSEN Emil, NOR +1:22.2
4. HARVEY Alex, CAN +2:04.8
5. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR +2:05.8

Complete Tour standings available HERE

FASTEST OF THE DAY

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR 34:08.9
2. HEIKKINEN Matti, FIN +2.3
3. HELLER Marcus, SWE +6.1
4. DUVILLARD Robin, FRA +7.6
5. PELLEGRINO Federico, ITA +9.3

Complete results for Fastest of the Day available HERE. 

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR 2067 pts
2. KROGH Finn Haagen, NOR -708 pts
3. NORTHUG Petter Jr., NOR -793 pts

Complete Overall World Cup standings available HERE