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Kowalczyk wins third Tour de Ski title

Kowalczyk wins third Tour de Ski title

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland successfully defended her Tour de Ski title despite being beaten into second place in the ninth and final stage Sunday.
Therese Johaug of Norway won the stage in 34 minutes and 17.7 seconds to finish third overall, 3 minutes 57.8 seconds behind Kowalczyk.
Kowalczyk started the nine kilometer Free Final Climb Pursuit just 11.5 seconds ahead of main rival Marit Bjoergen and the Norwegian pushed her all the way on the grueling climb up Mount Cermis.
Kowalczyk finally shook off Bjoergen on the steepest part of the course and crossed the line 16.7 seconds ahead to claim her third Tour de Ski crown in a total time of 2 hours, 52 minutes and 45.0 seconds, 28.2 seconds ahead of Bjoergen's overall time.


Updated : 2021-04-20 03:01 GMT+08:00