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PREVIEW TOUR DE SKI - MEN'S 15KM CLASSIC STYLE VAL DI FIEMME – FRIDAY 3 Jan 2020
100 Tour de Ski stages
• The 15km classic style in Val di Fiemme will be the 100th stage in the men's Tour de Ski. The first stage in the men's Tour de Ski was held on 31 December 2006, when Christoph Eigenmann won a sprint freestyle event in Munich ahead of Devon Kershaw and Roddy Darragon.
• The 50th Tour de Ski stage was held exactly seven years ago, on 3 January 2013. Petter Northug won the 35km pursuit freestyle in Toblach, ahead of Alexander Legkov and Dario Cologna.
• Of the 99 previous stages, Northug won 13. He is the only skier to win at least 10 stages in the Tour de Ski. Sergey Ustiugov follows on nine wins.
• Northug finished on the podium of 31 of the 99 Tour de Ski stages, more than any other skier. Dario Cologna (24) and Martin Johnsrud Sundby (18) follow in second and third place.
• The oldest skier to finish on the podium of a Tour de Ski stage is Christian Zorzi: 36 years and 140 days in the sprint freestyle in Nové Mesto na Morave on 1 January 2009 (3rd).
• The youngest skier to finish on the podium was Northug: 20 years and 364 days in the sprint freestyle in Asiago on 5 January 2007 (3rd place).
• Norwegian skiers have claimed 92 podium finishes in men's Tour de Ski stages, including 38 victories, more than any other country. Russian skiers follow on 52 podium finishes, including 16 wins.
• Jean Marc Gaillard (90) is the skier to have made most starts in the Tour de Ski stages, followed by Cologna (84) and Daniel Rickardsson (78).
• Alexander Bolshunov won the 15km pursuit classic style event on 1 January to take the lead in the overall standings. Since 2013/14, the winner of the first pursuit stage also managed to win the overall Tour de Ski title.
• The last winner of the first pursuit who failed to claim to overall Tour de Ski title was fellow Russian Maxim Vylegzhanin in 2012/13. Vylegzhanin won the 15km pursuit in Oberhof (classic style) and went on to finish in third place overall, behind Cologna and winner Alexander Legkov.
• Legkov (2012/13) and Sergey Ustiugov (2016/17) are the only Russian skiers to win the men's Tour de Ski.
• Since the start of 2019, no male skier has won more individual distance events in the World Cup than Bolshunov (5).
• Bolshunov has claimed 11 podium finishes in individual distance World Cup events since the start of 2019, at least five more than any other man.
• Of the current participants in the 2019/20 Tour de Ski, only Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (4) and Iivo Niskanen (4) have won more 15km classic style events in the World Cup than Bolshunov (3).
• In the two stages in Toblach this season, Russian skiers claimed five of the six podium finishes. The only exception was Niskanen's third place in the pursuit.
• Russian skiers have won three of the four stages in this season's Tour de Ski. Only in 2016/17 (5) and 2011/12 (4) did Russian skiers win more stages in a single men's Tour de Ski.
• Sergey Ustiugov won two of the four stages in this season's Tour de Ski, the 15km freestyle events in Lenzerheide and Toblach. Ustiugov is in second place in the overall standings behind Alexander Bolshunov.
• Ustiugov (9) could become the second male skier to win 10 stages in the Tour de Ski, after Petter Northug (13).
• Ustiugov is tied with Dario Cologna and Martin Johnsrud Sundby on seven individual distance stage victories in the Tour de Ski, only behind Northug (11).
• Only five different skiers have won more than two stages in a single Tour de Ski. In 2016/17, Ustiugov set the record for most stage wins in a single edition on five victories.
• Ustiugov (9) could become the first male Russian skier to win 10 individual distance events in the World Cup.
• After a second and first place in the opening two stages, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo finished in 17th and 10th place in the two stages in Toblach. Klæbo is in third place in the overall standings and leads the points standings.
• Two of Klæbo's five Tour de Ski stage victories were in distance events: the 15km pursuit freestyle in Oberstdorf on 3 January 2019 and the 15km classic style in Val di Fiemme on 5 January 2019.
• With 31 individual World Cup wins, Klæbo is in third place all-time among men. Only Bjørn Dæhlie (46) and Petter Northug (38) have won more World Cup events.
• Klæbo's most recent World Cup individual distance victory was in a 15km classic style event in Quebec on 23 March 2019 (World Cup Final).
• Iivo Niskanen could become the second Finnish skier to win a stage in the men's Tour de Ski, after Matti Heikkinen on 3 January 2011: the 2x10km skiathlon in Oberstdorf.
• Niskanen has won two of the last four men's 15km classic style events in the World Cup: in Otepää on 20 January 2019 and in Ruka (3-Days Tour) on 30 November 2019.
• Calle Halfvarsson could become the first Swedish skier to finish on the podium of an individual World Cup event since Halfvarsson himself in the 15km classic style in Ruka on 25 November 2018.
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