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CTDS: Kittilae rules the men, a tie in the women's

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The 2013 China Tour de Ski is halfway and after four stages we have a clear leader in the men's competition and a very close battle in the women's. Nothing has been concluded yet, and we can look forward to some more great skiing in Xinjiang for the rest of the week.

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Kittilae beats Thoresson by a tenth of a second!

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After a difficult ski sprint in Xiwuqi, Kusti Kittilae returned to the top podium step in the 5km distance race in Tianshan Tianchi International Ski Resort this afternoon. In a photo finish the leader in the China Tour de Ski classification beat Jonathan Thoresson by 0.1 seconds with Adam Johansson taking third. Julia Jansson became the fourth winner in as many stages in the women's competition.

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Xiwuqi's best snapshots

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As the skiers are getting ready at the Tianshan Tianchi International Ski Resort for stages 4 and 5 of this year's China Tour de Ski, let's take a look back at the previous stages in Xiwuqi.

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Adam Johansson back in business

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2010 China Tour de Ski champion Adam Johansson put himself back in the spotlight with a great victory in the Xiwuqi Ski Sprint. In the final 1.2km race, he clearly outsprinted Victor Gustafsson and Johan Eriksson, while Kusti Kittilae surprisingly had to settle for fourth place. In the women's final Jenni Hoylanen sprinted faster than Lisa Svensson after Qu Ying and Frida Hallqvist got entangled in the first few metres.

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Kittilae and Hallquist also quickest in sprint qualies

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Yesterday's distance race winners Kusti Kittilae and Frida Hallquist seem to take a liking to Xiwuqi's ski course as they were also the fastest qualifiers in the individual ski sprint over 1.2km this morning. Weather conditions are significantly milder today as the wind blows a lot less than yesterday.

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Kusti Kittilae convinces with distance race win

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Last year's runner-up Kusti Kittilae lived up to expectations in a tough 5.4km distance race in Inner Mongolia's Xiwuqi. In very cold conditions and battling a fierce wind, Kittilae clearly got the better of Sweden's Bill Impola and Adam Johansson. The Fin also took the lead in the China Tour de Ski standing with a narrow margin of 10 points over Impola. Frida Hallquist won the women's event.

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Oscar Kardin leads skiers into Xiwuqi

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As Anders Hoegberg will not travel to Inner Mongolia this year, yesterday's second-placed Oscar Kardin is the one to watch as China Tour de Ski continues in Xiwuqi tomorrow, 4 January. Kardin, his 21st birthday only coming up in two weeks, may be disappointed by having lost Vasaloppet China by merely half a second, but has certainly not missed his debut in China.

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