JAN 09, 2017
Seven races in nine days, 80 kilometers for the men, 50 for the ladies, mostly in sharp frost.
The 11th Tour de Ski brought considerable partial successes for the Redster Nordic team. Atomic star Simen Hegstad Krüger (NOR) ranked in the top 10 five times, celebrated the first World Cup podium in his career in Toblach on place three. In the overall rating the 23-year-old was eighth. In absence of Hanna Falk (SWE), an alpha athlete of the Redster unit, who made herself familiar with the courses of the World Championships at the Scandinavian Cup in the Finnish Lahti (victory in the sprint), Kathrine Rolsted Harsem skated herself into the limelight. At the start of the Tour de Ski, the Norwegian missed her first World Cup podium at the skating sprint in Val Müstair (SUI) by just 0.48 seconds, was an excellent fourth. In the overall evaluation she had to let Atomic colleague Silje Oeyre Slind (16th) go two places ahead.
At the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, the Swiss Benjamin Weger was ninth in the sprint, tenth in mass start and eleventh in the pursuit. Key to success: A great shooting performance. After a "Zero" in the sprint, Weger fell only 11.5 seconds short of the podium. With the ladies, Atomic Relay World Champion Fanny Horn-Birkeland (NOR) landed in the pursuit at position 16 and surprisingly Chardine Sloof on 10th place in the sprint.
At the Visma Ski Classics in Vasaloppet, China, Eric Thomas has secured 13th place despite a broken pole.