Diggins, Maubet Bjornsen 3-4 in Tour de Ski Classic Sprint
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen finished 3-4 in Stage 6 classic sprint at the 14th Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Saturday. The podium result was Jessie’s second career World Cup classic sprint podium, and 25th overall individual career World Cup podium.
"Hard to believe we can find sprinting muscles after so many days of racing, but somehow I felt amazing today," said Sadie, who qualified fourth. "Through my quarters and semis, I managed to place myself in a safe place, trying to conserve energy for the final, and feeling in total control. As the finals went off, I put myself in what felt like the 'right position.' Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the right place at the right time on the final stretch, getting blocked up and just missing the podium by half a second."
Rosie Brennan was 19th for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. Katharine Ogden just missed qualifying for the heats as she finished 32nd in the qualifying round. Jessie, who qualified No. 1, moved up to 11th in the overall Tour de Ski standings, two minutes, 53 seconds behind overall leader Therese Johaug of Norway. Sadie is eighth overall, 1:58 back. Rosie is 18th, 5:13 back and Katharine is 30th overall.
In the men’s classic sprint, American Logan Hanneman posted a career-best individual World Cup result, finishing 18th.
Sunday’s final stage is a 10k freestyle climb up the ski slopes of Val di Fiemme.
"I can’t help but feel a bit frustrated, because I believe I could have won today if I could ski it again, but how can you be upset with a fourth-place?" Sadie said. "I’ll have to channel all that frustration into the final day tomorrow, up the big alpine slope."
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST.
Sunday, Jan. 5
7:15 a.m. - Tour de Ski: Women’s 10k final climb, Val di Fiemme, ITA - Olympic Channel, Olympic Channel.com, NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. - Tour de Ski: Men’s 10k final climb, Val di Fiemme, ITA - Olympic Channel, Olympic Channel.com, NBC Sports Gold
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