- At the end of the year, Beda Kli ran the 10km classic in Toblach and finished in an excellent sixth place.
- Nadine Fendrich wasted pole position on the second stage of the Tour de Ski.
- The victory goes to Finland in the men's and women's categories.
Beda Klee once again provided the Swiss exclamation mark at the end of the year. The 27-year-old from Toggenburg impressed with a very good 10th place in the second stage of the Tour de Ski over 10 km. He was 42.9 seconds behind winner Perto Hyvarinen (Finland).
Klee has never been ranked better at the World Cup. He will run the third stage, a 20-kilometre ski race, on New Year's Day from tenth place. Thanks to a strong finish in the last two kilometers, Klee gained four places. He made optimal use of premium materials and the small advantage of a lower starting number when light snow started to fall.
You broke it down really well. It's pretty cool when it works that way.
Before this winter, 11th was the best performance for the man from eastern Switzerland, which he already improved with a 10th-place finish at the start of the season in Kuusamo. “It was a very tough race,” Klee said. “You split it really well. “It's very nice when things go like this.”
Cyril Fandrich of Central Switzerland achieved his second career best result with 18th place. The other Swiss missed points.
The flag is tied to the back
“Complacent is definitely the wrong word. I think I can do more.” – Those were the words of Nadine Fendrich after the 10km classic. The 28-year-old from central Switzerland was unable to make the cut in 27th place and ended up losing 1:40 minutes to winner Kerto Niskanen .
I couldn't run any faster.
However, this result is not bad considering that the preparation was affected by the disease. The breathing problems of the past few weeks seem to have been resolved. “I'm glad the buzz went fairly well. “But it was always at the limit, and I couldn't run much faster,” she said after the race.
In the overall standings, Fähndrich now sits in 14th place, 1:16 minutes behind. She was by far the best athlete in the Swiss hurdle. The remaining Swiss women failed to make the top thirty.
Third stage win for Niskanen and defeat for the Swedes
Finland's Niskanen celebrated her victory in the third stage of the ski tour. The 35-year-old edged out Victoria Karl of Germany and World Cup leader Jessica Diggins of the USA. Diggins also took the lead in the tour rankings.
And this is how it continues
The third and final stage takes place in Dobbiaco on New Year's Day. The technical freestyle race is scheduled to be 25 km long for men and women. The accompanying delegation will then move to Davos, where the race will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. The Tour de Ski will conclude next weekend in Val di Fiemme.
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