Theresa Johaug won the 9th and final Tour de Ski stage up the famous climb at Alpe Cermis to secure 3rd place overall in the 9 stage Tour de Ski.
Therese Johaug: “It was a tough race, but I tried to do my best. I had to push myself as I was racing by myself. My goal was to have the best time of the day, which I managed”. “I’m training a lot of uphills in my home town, and I really like it”.
See the complete Theresa Johaug photo album at SalomonNordic on Facebook
While Marcus Hellner started the day in 3rd but finished the day 2nd overall by catching, passing and dropping Petter Northug on the steep and demanding climb.
Marcus Hellner: “Everything was possible and I knew I could go strong before the hill and maybe catch Petter. I saw him quite early on the hill and I thought it was possible to catch him, and I did”. “He usually steps aside when I’m coming, and this time he didn’t manage to follow. That was a great feeling, as I thought he would go with me for a long time. Instead I could go in my own pace and secure the second place”. “This is like a win for me, it’s been a hard Tour and a bit of bad luck with skis and some falls. It’s really nice that I can turn it around and become second”
See the complete Marcus Hellner photo album at SalomonNordic on Facebook