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Tour de Ski: Cologna hangs on to lead

The Tour de Ski made its way through Prague today with a pair of one-kilometer sprints at Výstaviště Praha – Holešovice, one of Central Europe’s most famous exhibition grounds. 
The Tour de Ski made its way through Prague today with a pair of one-kilometer sprints at Výstaviště Praha – Holešovice, one of Central Europe’s most famous exhibition grounds. 

The women’s tour standings were shaken up considerably with Italian Arianna Follis taking today’s victory along with the tour lead. Just behind Follis on today’s podium as well as the tour standings was Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen.  Slovenian Petra Majdic finished the sprint in third, lifting her to fifth in the standings.

“I knew that I would have a good chance here in Prague. In the qualification I tried to start quick to take the lead,” Follis says. “My goal is still the podium, and there is still one more sprint and that is good for me.”

The men’s side saw less movement as Dario Cologna finished the sprint in eighth to retain his tour lead.

“I am very satisfied with my eight place today and happy to still be in the red shirt of the overall lead.” Cologna told tour-de-ski.com. “Now we have a rest day and can relax a bit. I have to ski fast in Nove Mesto, there are many strong skiers behind me.”

Norwegian Tor Arne Hetland climb the tour standings with today’s victory landing him in 27th overall. Russia’s Vassili Rotchev is looking strong with a second place finish today, earning him the second place standing in the tour as well. Third in today’s sprint, as well as the tour standings, was Frenchman Jean Marc Gaillard.

Canadian Devon Kershaw is in 11th place in the tour standings with a 26th place finish today. 

Tomorrow will be the tour’s first rest day, giving racers a chance to prepare for more action starting Dec. 31 in Nove Mestro (CZE).
  
For full results, standings and tour information go to www.tour-de-ski.com.


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