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Fantastic victory for Lisa Svensson

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Lisa Svensson staged a formidable coup in the sixth stage of the China Tour de Ski in Nalati, as she overtook the suprisingly strong Evelina Bangman in the final corner of the 2.5km distance race this afternoon. Svensson calculated the tricky 180 degree bend to perfection and left Bangman standing in the final dash to the line. What's more, Svensson takes over the lead in the overall classification as Frida Hallqvist had a complete off-day (11th) and Julia Jansson could not do better than 6th.

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Showdown in Nalati

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The magnificent snow-covered grassland of Nalati is the scene of the final big showdown in this year's China Tour de Ski. Local authorities and Nordic Ways are thrilled to crown the overall winners in the Kazakh minority region in Xinjiang, and have gone out of their way to make this inaugural event an unforgettable experience.

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Johansson and Jansson grab second stage win

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Things are seriously heating up in this year's China Tour de Ski as Adam Johansson and Julia Jansson made up quite some ground in the overall classification today. Both Johansson and Jansson took their second stage victories during the 1.2km ski sprint at the Tianshan Tianchi International Ski Resort in Xinjiang.

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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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