Katharina Hennig Wins Mass Start TC In Val Di Fiemme

Germany wins again at the Tour de Ski after fourteen years, with Katharina Hennig beating the Finnish Kerttu Niskanen and the Swedish Frida Karlsson (increasingly leader of the event) in the sprint, thus triumphing in the mass start 15 km in classic on the track of Lake Tesero. Buona by Anna Comarella and Caterina Ganz, who finished in 17th and 18th place. Tomorrow the grand finale on Cermis.

History of Katharina Henning

It had been in the air for several weeks, given the increasingly frequent excellent performances: Katharina Hennig, born in Germany in 1996, took the first success of her career in CdM, triumphing in the mass start 15 km in the Val di Fiemme classic, bringing back Germany to success in the event after fourteen years (December 27, 2008 Claudia Nystad in the sprint TL of Oberhof).

Hennig raced head on from the start, carrying out the decisive action at the beginning of the final straight, mocking the Swede Frida Karlsson by seven tenths, who with today’s result put a big mortgage on the 2023 Tour de Ski, and by eight the Finnish Kerttu Niskanen tenths. With the victory in today’s race, Katharina Hennig took the third podium of the season in CdM after the 3rd place in the 10 km TC of Ruka and the 2nd in the 10 km TL of Lillehammer.

4th Place For The American Rosie Brennan

Bitter 4th place for the American Rosie Brennan, who finished just two tenths off the podium; excellent race for the Austrian Teresa Stadlober, fifth, sixth place for the Norwegian Astrid Slind, followed in 7th place by her compatriot Tiril Weng, who struggled a lot towards the end of the race. Eighth was a brilliant Anne Kyllonen, in Finland, the Norwegian Heidi Weng ninth, the Canadian Stewart-Jones closes the top 10. Krista Parmakoski raised the white flag, ending her Tour de Ski early.

Dignified performance of the Azzurri in Lago di Tesero: Anna Comarella finished in 17th place, ’56″3 behind Hennig, beating Caterina Ganz, eighteenth, by four tenths. Top 30 also for Martina Di Centa, twenty-ninth; further back Cristina Pittin, who finished the race in 34th place.

Before the final climb on Cermis (10 km TL) tomorrow, Sunday 8 January (11 am), Frida Karlsson leads the general classification of the Tour de Ski with a good 1’12” ahead of the Norwegian Tiril Weng and 1’37” over the Finnish Kerttu Niskanen.

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