Cross-country skiing fans could watch a breath-taking performance in the final stage of Tour de Ski that contained also tough climb to Alpe Cermis. Kateřina Razýmová finished at fantastic 6th place and she ranks at 10th position overall.
The finish of the Tour de Ski took place on slope Olympia III with 420m vertical drop. The racers expected 3.5km steep climb with slant up to 26%.
"It was really tough. But I sticked to a great group with pace that was convenient for me and in the last metres I succeeded in passing them so it was ideal," Razýmová was smiling. "On the track I had no idea where I was currently ranking or anything about overall standing. I just told myself I have to repay it to girls and I made it. And that I’m in top 10, that’s incredible! To be honest I didn’t even hope for that. I had great skis that helped me, too. I’d like to thank the whole service team because they do invisible job but it’s immensely important to us."
Kateřina Janatová also reached the pointed position when finishing 30th. The demanding programme of previous days at Tour de Ski left marks on her, however, she coped well with steep uphill to Alpe Cermis.
"It’s been the best distance competition at the Tour for me regarding how I felt. It didn’t even hurt me today, last year it was much worse. Maybe it was influenced by the fact I knew what to expect. That is also why I used my tactics, I came under the hill where I started to set ma pace. I’m glad I gained the points," said Janatová, the 39th woman in Overall Tour standings.
Petra Hynčincová set out the final stage of the Tour for the first time in her life. She finished this race at 39th place and in Overall Tour standing she ranks 40th. The fastest woman of today’s race was Swede Ebba Andersson, the Overall winner of the Tour was Jessie Diggins.
Tour de Ski was completed by men’s race who expected the same prestigious and extraordinary climb to Alpe Cermis slope. Michal Novák was the best Czech when finished at 28th place, in Overall Tour standing at 24th place.
"It was difficult even though I couldn’t squeeze myself from all power. At the stadium and during the crossing under slope it was more about finding a good position and trying not to break a pole. The second half the trail showed how much power we have left," Novák commented. "I’m happy with 24th spot. I think it’s a very good result for me."
Petr Knop finished at 40th place, Adam Fellner five spots behind him. In the Overall Tour standing Fellner jumped to 47th position and Knop took 49th spot. Denis Spitsov had an amazing finish and was the fastest man of the day, the Overall king of the Tour is Alexander Bolshunov.