Katharina Hennig brought Germany’s cross-country team a great success at the Tour de Ski. The 24-year-old showed all her strengths in the classic technique in Val di Fiemme on Friday and took second place in the mass start over ten kilometers. Hennig only had to admit defeat to Russian Natalja Neprajewa in the final sprint. “I’ve already flirted with it. But I really didn’t think it would work that way. I can’t believe that it was enough in the end, ”said Hennig in a first reaction on ZDF.
As she crossed the finish line, the currently best German cross-country skier put her right fist in the air and screamed out her joy. Hennig even topped third place, which she achieved in a Tour de Ski stage last year. She improved to fifth in the overall ranking of the Tour de Ski. Before the final weekend in Fiemme Valley, only 24 seconds are missing from the podium. The American Jessica Diggins, who finished ninth on Friday and was clearly behind Hennig, leads the overall standings.
In the men’s category, Janosch Brugger had already achieved a top result in sixth place. The 23-year-old from the Black Forest left world-class players such as Maurice Manificat (France) and Evgeni Below from Russia behind.
The victory in Val di Fiemme again went to the Russian Alexander Bolschunow, who is now almost three minutes ahead of Manificat (2:37 minutes) and his compatriot Ivan Jakimuschkin (2:47). Brugger, who finished tenth on Tuesday, was 31st in the overall ranking.