Alexey Poltoranin has won the men's 5km classic race in Toblach. He was the winner in 12:37.9 sec, +8.0 seconds ahead of Petter Northug and +8.2 ahead of Dario Cologna.
- Second Stage World Cup podium for Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
- Poltoranin was third after 1.8 km but had the fastest second section
- Alexander Legkov (RUS) was the quickest at the 1.8 km checkpoint
- Close battle between Cologna and Northug. Northug was faster by +0.2 sec
- With time bonuses from today's race Northug now leads Cologna in the FIS Tour de Ski Overall Standing by +16 seconds, and Alexander Legkov by +23.4
- Petter Northug Jr. also leads the FIS Tour de Ski Sprint Standing
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
After yesterday's race I didn't sleep well but the feeling was good today. I am looking forward to tomorrow's race and would like to be on the podium again. 5km or 15km are good for me as soon as the competition is in classic. I like them all.
Petter Northug Jr. (NOR)
I tried to find the right speed over the first 1.5 km and then keep the right pace down the hills. I saved my power for the final kilometer. Now I think I have the advantage for tomorrow with the time bonus seconds from today. I don't have to go for the early sprint bonuses, but I must be at the front to react to the others.
OFFICIAL RESULT STAGE 5
1. Alexey Poltoranin KAZ 12:37.9
2. Petter Northug Jr. NOR +8.0
2. Dario Cologna SUI +8.2
Today's stage results available here
FIS TOUR DE SKI OVERALL STANDING MEN
1. Petter Northug Jr. NOR 2:19:20.9
2. Dario Cologna SUI +16.1
3. Alexander Legkov RUS +23.4
Overall Tour standings available here
FIS TOUR DE SKI SPRINT STANDING MEN
1. Petter Northug Jr. NOR 1:23
2. Finn Haagen Krogh NOR 1:00
3. Dario Cologna CAN 0:58
BMW xDrive TROPHY
1. Petter Northug Jr. NOR 139
2. Emil Joensson SWE 86
3. Alexey Poltoranin KAZ 77
Partly Cloudy, hard packed snow conditions. Air: 9.1°C. Snow: 0.1°C.
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