Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo won the 15-kilometer classic mass start event in Val di Fiemme, the fifth stage of Tour de Ski.
When Iivo Niskanen of Finland surged about halfway through the race, Klæbo was the only one capable of keeping up with him.
But when Klæbo picked up the pace a lap and a half later, Niskanen eventually had to let go. The 25-year-old Norwegian then increased the gap to Niskanen and the rest of the field, crossing the finish line more than 20 seconds ahead of the Finn.
Right behind Niskanen, it was a three-way Russian battle for the last spot on the podium. Alexey Chervotkin beat Denis Spitsov to the finish line, while Alexander Bolshunov was fifth.
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Top 3, 15km classic, mass start men
1. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway, 41:31.2
2. Iivo Niskanen, Finland, +20.8
3. Alexey Chervotkin, Russia, +23.7
Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia won the women’s 10-kilometer classic mass start earlier today.
One stage to go
Tour de Ski concludes tomorrow. Stage 6 features a 10km mass start skate race for men and women.
Check out the Tour de Ski 2021/22 day-by-day schedule and ProXCskiing.com’s predictions for the overall stage race: Who Will Win Tour de Ski?
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FACTS: Tour de Ski 2021/22
- Tour de Ski 2021/22 starts in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on December 28 and concludes in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on January 4.
- The race consists of six stages in eight days. Here are all the Tour de Ski details and the day-by-day schedule
- Tour de Ski 2021/22 is the 16th edition of the brutal stage race. These are the winners from the previous 15 Tour de Ski events.
- The overall winners get 400 World Cup points for the Tour de Ski, which consists of six stages in eight days. Stage winners get 50 World Cup points. Accordingly, there are potentially 700 World Cup points for winning every stage of the Tour de Ski, which would determine the overall World Cup for the season.