BERLIN, Dec. 31. Russian skiers took the podium in the classic sprint in the third stage stage race "Tour de Ski" in Oberstdorf.
The first was Nikita Kryukov, the second — Alexey Petukhov, third — Nikolay Morilov. In fourth place — another Russian Dmitry Yaparov. Norway’s Petter Northug in the final race fell, slowing down the Swiss Dario Cologna — so both failed to fight for the victory.
Women Russia’s Natalia Matveeva finished fourth in the final. First came Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, the second and the third — the Norwegians Marit Bjoergen and Astrid Jacobsen.
Athletes in a great mood began to prepare for the New Year.
The holiday, however, is quite modest. Head coach of Russian Yuri Kaminsky told Itar-Tass that the athletes are limited to a glass of champagne, and then go to bed, because the next race stage race will take place tomorrow, January 1st. "Now, get together as a team, have a drink and a glass of champagne, probably all. Athletes will celebrate the New Year on Russian time and will not wait for midnight here / Germany /. Usually this happens in the "Type" — smiled the coach.
"Well what can I say outright beat" — continued Kaminski, commenting on skiers in the sprint. "It coincided: waxing, very good condition, were able to recover from yesterday’s race," — he added.
"Surprised Yaparov, although it last year at the" Tour de Ski "went into the semi-finals. A little surprised and Petukhov — leading the race, a very active tactic is technically too pleased — we worked a lot on it, and, finally, the work produced results, "- said the coach.
Results Women Kaminsky also considered good. "Basically, you can say, well made. It is a pity that Matveeva took fourth place, but before her final health problems, with the stomach. So it is very good that she showed in this state such a result. In addition, Dotsenko finally took place in the semi-finals. From Korosteleva I would like more, but a classic move for her non-core "- summed up the coach.