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Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), and Heidi Weng Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), and Heidi Weng Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), and Heidi Weng dominated the 2108 Tour de Ski.  Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg finished first and second in the 2018 Tour de Ski.

The Norwegian duo dominated Tour de Ski from the first weekend in Lenzerheide (SUI), and prior to the last stage, only 1.8 seconds separated Østeberg from Weng. However, the final stage was no thriller. Weng passed Østberg at the base of the alpine hill, and kept increasing the gap. At the end, Weng crossed the finish line 48 seconds ahead of Østberg.

“I am really happy, I had a very good day, and it’s always really fun to cross the finish line here,” Weng said after her impressive stage up the alpine hill Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme (ITA).

“I have very good experiences from Val di Fiemme, but I didn’t remember this stage to be so hard. I guess I say that every time,” Weng said with a laugh.

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Heidi Weng (NOR) ahead of Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) at the 10km classic mass start in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo; Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) ahead of Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) at the 10km classic mass start in Val di Fiemme (ITA) on Saturday, which was the second to last stage of the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski. Photo; Nordic Focus

Østberg, who went into the final two stages this weekend with a 57-second lead to Weng, gave up 55 seconds in Saturday’s 10km classic mass start. That left Østberg with a 1.8 second lead going into the final stage: the monster climb up the alpine hill Alpe Cermis. That is exactly the stage where Weng made up a minute on Østberg last year, and won the overall 2017 Tour de Ski.

“I tried to give Heidi a good fight today, and I am very happy with my second place overall at the Tour de ski,” said Østberg, who also posted the third fastest time for the stage.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was 2nd overall at the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was 2nd overall at the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Østberg and Weng dominate Tour de Ski opener

Ingvild Oestberg (NOR) has a solid overall lead headed into the meat of the 2018 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Oestberg (NOR) has a solid overall lead headed into the meat of the 2018 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild F. Østberg is headed into the meat of the Tour de Ski with a solid overall lead. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng are headed into the meat of the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski with a solid overall lead on the rest of the pack after a stellar opening weekend to the 7-stage event in Lenzerheide (SUI).

Despite tricky conditions in both the opening sprint race on Saturday, December 30, and the following 10km classic individual start race on Sunday, December 31, Østberg delivers a solid victory in the 10km classic individual start race, 25 seconds ahead of Weng in second place, and took the overall Tour lead heading into stage 3.

“It was really difficult to ski well both uphill and downhill, so I was really happy to ski well here today,” Østberg said after her impressive race on Saturday.

Østberg finished the challenging classic course in 26:59, and also earned 15 bonus seconds for the stage victory. Accordingly, she started the third stage, a 10km skate pursuit race, 32 seconds ahead of Weng.

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Heidi Weng (NOR) was second both in the classic 10km and the 10km skate pursuit in Lenzerheide. Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) was second both in the classic 10km and the 10km skate pursuit in Lenzerheide. Photo: Nordic Focus

On Monday, January 1, Østberg held on to her overall lead after winning the pursuit by 27.8 seconds, still with Weng in second place. Behind the two Madhus racers, there is a gap of almost a minute down to the next racer.

“It was a very hard fight out there today. I was gaining seconds on Heidi, and then losing them again. But it’s great to have the red leader bib for another day, although I think I will lose it soon,” Østberg said after the first three races of the seven stage event.

Top 3 overall Tour de Ski (after three out of seven stages)
1. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) 56:18.6
2. Heidi Weng (NOR), +32.8 seconds
3. Jessie Diggins (USA), +1:26.9

The Tour de Ski now takes a rest day and moves on to Oberstdorf (GER) for the next two stages on January 3 and 4. The Tour concludes with two stages in Val di Fiemme (ITA) on January 6 and 7.

Read more about the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski: Seven stages, nine days and 400 FIS points

Illustration: FIS

Illustration: FIS

“I felt amazing today”

Heidi Weng (NOR) in front of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), during the 10km pursuit in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 2nd in the classic pursuit at the FIS world cup in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 2nd in the classic pursuit in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) moved up from sixth to second place in the classic pursuit in Toblach.

“It was a great team effort from the Norwegian team. I had great skis and my fitness is exactly where it should be for this time of the season. I was a little bit upset that I didn’t ski according to plan yesterday, so today was great,” says Østberg.

After winning the 10km in Davos last weekend, Østberg had a rough start in Toblach and was sixth in the 10km skate race on Saturday. But despite starting the 10km classic pursuit 29 seconds behind, moved up to an impressive second place.

Heidi Weng (NOR) opened the final World Cup weekend before Christmas with was third in the 10km skate at the FIS World Cup in Toblach (ITA) on Saturday, and was excited to post another World Cup podium, her seventh consecutive this season.

“I’m satisfied with my performance today. I’ve always had a hard time on this course. The last few kilometers today were really tough, and I felt like I could hardly move, but the result proves that I can keep up with the best, despite all the problems. I can build on that,” Weng said after the skate race.

On Sunday, she maintained her podium spot after a solid classic race and finished the 10km classic pursuit in third place.

Østberg and Weng go into the FIS Tour de Ski in second and third place respectively, in the overall World Cup. Additionally, Weng is second overall in the distance World Cup.

Heidi Weng (NOR) in front of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), during the 10km pursuit in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) in front of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), during the 10km pursuit in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Three double podiums

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers dominate both the biathlon and cross-country World Cup competitions on Sunday.

First, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earn her first World Cup victory of the season, winning the 10-kilometer skate race in Davos (SUI) by five seconds.

“A race like this is what I train for every day of the year. I started out conservatively, and I really had no idea I was skiing all that fast, but the coaches kept telling me I as ahead. This was a fantastic day for me, and Davos is my favorite World Cup venue,” Østberg said after the race.

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) snagged the last podium spot, her second World Cup podium this season.

The next FIS World Cup races take place in Toblach (ITA) on December 16-17.

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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

At the IBU Biathlon World Cup relay, Ole Einar Bjørndalen helped Norway to a spectacular victory. The Norwegian team won by a 2-minute margin in the challenging conditions in Hochfilzen (AUT). Benedikt Doll skied the second leg for Germany, who was second after beating France by 40 seconds.

In the women’s relay, Vanessa Hinz skied the first leg for Germany and laid the foundation for first place, while Anais Bescond anchored France to third place.

The IBU World Cup now moves on to Annecy (FRA) on Dec 14 to 17 for the final round before Christmas.

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

Solid World Cup Opener

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to 2nd place in the single mixed relay at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Östersund (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers posted several podiums in the cross-country and biathlon World Cup openers, as well as Ski Classics.

Benedikt Doll helped Germany to 3rd place in the mixed relay at the IBU biathlon world Cup in Östersund (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Benedikt Doll helped Germany to 3rd place in the mixed relay at the IBU biathlon world Cup in Östersund (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

At the FIS Cross-Country World Cup opener in Ruka (FIN), Pål Golberg (NOR) opened the 2017-18 season the same way as last year: on the podium. For Golberg, the second place finish in the classic sprint on Friday was important, as the classic sprint is one of the events on the schedule at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (KOR) in February.

Now, he is looking forward to the next World Cup sprint, which takes place on his home turf in Lillehammer on Saturday. “I’ve been thinking about the upcoming World Cup sprint ever since I broke a pole at the start of the sprint race in Lillehammer a year ago,” Golberg says.

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Pål Golberg (NOR) was 2nd in the classic sprint in Ruka on Friday. Photo: NordicFocus

Pål Golberg (NOR) was 2nd in the classic sprint in Ruka on Friday. Photo: NordicFocus

On Saturday, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was third in the 10-kilometer classic race, the second stage of the mini-tour in Ruka.

“I am really happy with my third place and I had a strong finish. The conditions were not easy, so the plan was to start carefully and stay in control,” she said after her race.

While Heidi Weng (NOR) and Hans-Christer Holund (NOR) didn’t make the podium at the final stage of the minitour in Finland, they posted the second and third fastest times, respectively, for the skate races on Sunday, which secured them several points in the overall FIS World Cup.

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Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was 2nd in the 10km classic at the FIS world cup in Ruka (FIN) on Saturday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) at the 10km classic in Ruka (FIN) on Saturday. Photo: Nordic Focus

On Sunday, the 2017-18 IBU biathlon World Cup opened with both single mix relay and conventional mixed relay in Österssund (SWE). Vanessa Hinz helps Germany to second place in single mixed relay, the first event at the IBU biathlon World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Afterward, Benedikt Doll helped Germany to third place in the mixed relay.

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Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to 2nd place in the single mixed relay at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Östersund (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to 2nd place in the single mixed relay at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Östersund (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Sunday also marked the start of the 2017-18 Ski Classics marathon series with the 12-kilometer Pro Team Prologue in Switzerland. Team Lager 157 (SWE) won the team competition, placing four racers among the top six men, including Madshus racer Fredrik Byström (SWE) in second place.

Madshus racers also placed fifth with Simen Østensen (NOR) from Team BN Bank, sixth with Jimmie Johnson (SWE) from Lager 157, seventh with Stian Hoelgaard (NOR) from Team Koteng and tenth with Marcus Johansson (SWE) from Lager 157.

In the women’s prologue, Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) from Team Koteng was second. After the first of the season’s 11 events, Lager 157 is in first place overall, and Team Koteng in second.

Lager 157 won the Pro Team Prologue, which was the first event in the 2017-18 Ski Classics marathon series. Photo: Magnus Östh

Lager 157 won the Pro Team Prologue,  the first event in the 2017-18 Ski Classics series. Photo: Magnus Östh

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