The outstanding best time on the 3 kilometer climb over the ski slope to Alpe Cermis (Val di Fiemme), where so many great athletes have stumbled, brought 3rd place for Simen on the Tour de Ski with its emotional ups and downs. Simen Hegstad Krueger: “It was always ok in the skating, except for the race in Oberstdorf, but somehow that last kick was missing. Just like the whole season. It's this last 5 percent, which makes the impossible, possible in a race. In the last race I felt this power again, especially on the climb. Everything was there, the power, the skis were performing, I’ll be taking that into the next races with me”.
Toblach (Dobbiaco), Val Müstair, Oberstdorf and Val di Fiemme: the Tour de Ski, with its seven races in nine days for athletes is already a true test of resilience and endurance, however this year took an additional toll with many cases of illness due to complicated travel logistics. Unfortunately some other Redster athletes were also affected: after a good performance in 7th place in the 15 km mass start classic Evgeniy Belov became ill in Oberstdorf, Lotta Udnes Weng (in her first Sprint final in Val Müstair, came in 6th and Linn Soemskar (5th in the Sprint in Toblach) all had to give up during the tour because of flu.
Good news from the Nordic Combined: Atomic athlete Franz-Josef Rehrl has kept his place up near the top, in Otepää (Estonia). After leading in the jumping he came in 5th overall and in the second race of the weekend he followed it up with 7th place.