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Oestberg battles back to take control of Tour de Ski competition

Oestberg battles back to take control of Tour de Ski competition
By Sportsbeat

01/01/2017 at 17:39Updated 01/01/2017 at 17:49

Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg bounced back from sprint disappointment to claim victory in the ladies' 5km classic mass start at the Cross Country World Cup in Val Mustair.

After finishing seventh in Saturday's first stage sprint of the Tour de Ski, Oestberg kicked off 2017 in style with victory on stage two, taking top spot with a time of 13:21.2 minutes.

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It saw her finish seven seconds ahead of countrywoman Heidi Weng, with Finland's Krista Parmakoski completing the podium line-up.

Switzerland's Nadine Fahndrich, known more for her sprint abilities, recorded her best-ever World Cup finish with a fourth place, and was joined by her team-mate Laurien van der Graaff in the top ten, another personal best for a Swiss sprinter in a distance event.

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg Imago

Victory ensures Oestberg takes over the Tour lead by 10.3 seconds ahead of Weng, with Sweden's Stina Nilsson, who led after day one, occupying third place overall.

Oestberg said: "I wanted to prove to myself after yesterday that I could ski like I did today.

"I knew it was important to make it to the semi-final but I did not expect to not make it out of the semi-final. Such a result sometimes makes you give your best."

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