Haywood RACE Report: Emily Nishikawa 25th at Tour De Ski Stage 6

    January 5, 2019

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    Stage 6 of the Tour de Ski took place in the traditional Val di Fiemme, Italy site, home of many previous World Cup and World Championship events. Today's race was 10k classic race for women, and Emily Nishikawa was the sole Canadian representative in a field of 30 remaining skiers.

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    The race was live streamed on CBC/Radio-Canada sports, with audio commentary, a great development for the sport. Please provide your thanks to the networks to show that there is interest in coverage of cross country skiing. Previously the networks had indicated the men's final climb would be streamed, but the event is not presently on their schedule.

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    Emily early in the race

    The temperatures were a bit above zero with solid tracks as the racers headed out on the course, and Emily had a strong start, moving from 28th, up to the top 15 in the first few kilometres.

    Ingvild Oestberg of Norway cemented her grip on the Tour title, with a dominant 10 second victory, leading from the start to the finish.

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    Emily bib 28

    Emily dropped back a bit on the latter part of the race, finishing in 25th place. It was a good performance for a Tour rookie, showing her grit and determination when 41 other competitors have withdrawn.
    Results

    The final stage of the Tour will take place tomorrow, a pursuit event finishing with the steep climb up the Alpe Cermis alpine slope.

    No Canadian men raced today, with Alex Harvey, Lenny Valjas and Bob Thompson withdrawing, in order to prepare for the upcoming World Championships.

    While the Tour de Ski is taking place, quite a few Canadian skiers have been racing at the US Nationals in Craftsbury, Vermont.

    On Thursday, 10 and 15k classic events took place, with Evan Palmer-Charette the top Canadian on the men's side in 4th and Katherine Stewart-Jones leading the women's effort in 6th.

    On Friday, Julien Locke won the men's classic sprint, with Dominique Moncion-Groulx 5th. Maya Macisaac-Jones was 8th in the women's competition.

     

    Distance skate races are on the schedule for Sunday.

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