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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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Xiwuqi shows off snow and ice sculptures

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As the skiers have begun their journey from Changchun to Xiwuqi, the local people in Inner Mongolia's grassland town are happily preparing their arrival. More than ever before, wintertime Xiwuqi features many impressive snow and ice sculptures with a Mongolian twist. Have a look at these teasers!

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No stopping Hoegberg in Changchun

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With the air temperature hovering around the critical minus 20 degree Celcius mark Anders Hoegberg claimed his career third and second consecutive victory in the 11th Vasaloppet China in Changchun today. The 37-year-old Swede outsprinted his compatriot Oscar Kardin to finish the 52.5km classic style race in 2:41:13. As such, Hoegberg is now the sole record holder in Changchun with three triumphs.

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