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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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Track your favourite skier in Changchun

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The 2013 China Tour de Ski begins in Changchun tomorrow morning with the official start of the 52.5km classic-style Vasaloppet China race scheduled for 10:15 a.m. New for this year is the service TracTrac, which will follow the race favourites (number bibs 1 to 20) around Jingyuetan Park live online.

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The map of the 2013 China Tour de Ski

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Less than a week to go before the start of the 2013 China Tour de Ski. Temperatures are currently on the cold side, but snow conditions are good and the competition is set to be hot. The Tour covers a large part of northern China this winter, just take a good look at the map and click to zoom!

 

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