Randall 7th Going Into Tour Finale
VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 5) - It's down to just one stage, the final climb up Alpe Cermis, with Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) of the U.S. Ski Team standing seventh behind runaway leader Justyna Kowalczyk. Randall was 11th in Saturday's 10k classic mass start as Kowalczyk padded her lead to over two minutes. Randall remained over three minutes back but within 12 seconds of fourth. The seven stage Tour de Ski concludes Sunday with a gut wrenching climb up the face of Alpe Cermis. Universal Sports TV is providing nightly TV coverage at 7:00 p.m.
- Kikkan Randall was 11th in stage six of the Tour de Ski, a 10k classic mass start.
- Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk extended her lead to over two minutes. Randall is over three minutes back but within 12 seconds of fourth. She was tenth in last year's Tour.
- Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) was 29th to drop to 22nd while Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) stands 24th in the Tour, Holly Brooks (Anchorage) 35th
- Men's tour leader Petter Northug was well off the pace and gave up the lead to Swiss Dario Cologna. Russian Alexey Poltoranin took the win. Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) was 32nd.
- The Tour concludes with a hill climb up Alpe Cermis on Sunday.
- The International Ski Federation and local organizers mourned the deaths of six Russian tourists in a snowcat accident Friday night on Alpe Cermis. Organizers and FIS made a decision to continue with the planned competition but to cancel some associated activities out of respect for those involved in the accident.
- Universal Sports TV will provide coverage of the Tour de Ski Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m EST.
I am actually feeling pretty strong. At this point last year we still had three races to go, so it's a good feeling that there is just one left now. It will be good that the skate muscles have had a couple days off now!
I am psyched to get another crack at Alpe Cermis tomorrow. Last year I had a good run at it, and I am excited to see if I can have an even better one this year. It is another chase game, look up the hill and go for it. I am going into this thing pumped, stoked, excited, feisty and ready to rip, so let the games begin. Tag, I'm it and I'm after all y'all World Cuppers out there!
2012-13 TOUR DE SKI SCHEDULE
LIVE – UniversalSports.com
TV – Universal Sports TV
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Sunday, Jan. 6 – Val di Fiemme, Italy
Women: 9k freestyle hill climb, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 5:45 am
Men: 9k freestyle hill climb, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 8:50 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports
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