I did not have a good feeling today. I had to fight hard in
the last two rounds. I had a good position in the last downhill.
I saw Dario was in front so I had to move there also to defend
the yellow jersey. The sprint before the finish was good.
I did not have the best position before the bridge but the
finish was good for me. I'm happy to take another victory.
Russians skied really good tactically today. They could keep
high speed. It was tough to follow them in the last round.
I had a message from my mum to come home to take a hair cut
and shave before Christmas. So I have to do that. I will take
it easy and I will not be racing tomorrow.
It was good race today. I'm satisfied after the disappointment
in Davos 30 km. I felt very good and could ski in a good pace.
I was little bit tired after Davos and I had some problems
with asthma. In the race I tried to be in front and take some
bonus points as I forgot that they would be distributed among
top 10. Maybe I have to wait after Tour de Ski to take the
yellow bib away from Petter. I will now relax after the tough
races and prepare for the Tour.
I am happy about my race today. It was not a problem for me
to ski in these weather conditions. In Kazakhstan we have
alsmot every day this kind of weather with soft snow and wind.
I prefer classical technique and I am happy to be on the podium
Ma meilleure performance dans ce format. Les conditions n'étaient
vraiment pas faciles aujourd'hui : du vent, une neige fraîche
fuyante, les traces instables après les passages. Je
me suis testé sur la bonification du km 5,2 puis je
suis resté calme jusqu'à l'emballage final.
Les Russes sont partis de loin (tout le dernier tour à
bloc), je me suis bien accroché et j'ai pu me placer
idéalement après la montée de la passerelle.
J'y ai cru jusqu'au bout (enfin presque). C'est frustrant
de finir au pied du podium mais c'est tout de même la
satisfaction qui domine car c'est de très bon augure
pour le Tour de Ski.
Je voulais changer ma façon de courir sur cette mass
start, j'ai réussi à rester calme malgré
l'effet yo-yo dans le peloton ; et ma grande forme me permet
de compenser les changements de rythme, j'ai pu disposer d'assez
d'énergie pour finir fort. Malgré tout, il me
manque encore de puissance sur les 50 derniers mètres,
mais cela pourrait venir dans la saison et je vais le travailler
encore les saisons à venir.
Justyna Kowalczyk POL
I'm feeling really good. I had perfect skis today and I think
it was the basic thing for success. Rogla is good place for
me. There must be a good air for me. I expected the fight
with Therese to be harder. I think the key moment was two
laps before the finish when I decided to go away. The victory
today will make my Christmas nicer.
I'm really satisfied with the race today. My body was really
good in the beginning but in the last lap Kowalczyk was much
better than me. I did not have any power left. I'm happy for
the second place today. I had good skis today too but Kowalczyk
could open a gap in the downhills.
Conditions were difficult today. I gave everything I had and
it was really hard in the second round. In the third and fourth
lap I had more power. When I closed up on Therese I started
to fight for the second place. When the sprint started I had
no power left but I'm happy with the third place. I will be
racing tomorrow but right now I'm really tired. I'm really
looking forward to Tour de Ski. I think my shape will be even
better than now.