January 08, 2017 (Val di Fiemme) – The USA’s Jessie Diggins captured a career-best 5th overall to match the best American result as the Tour de Ski wrapped up on Sunday with 9km FR Pursuit final Stage 7 won by Norway’s Heidi Weng for the overall title.
“Today I was really happy with my pacing,” said Diggins. “I tried to catch Ingvild and didn’t quite get there but to have my best Tour de Ski finish ever made it a great feeling at the top of the mountain.”
So what’s her strategy? “Just keep pushing, just look down and don’t think about how far away the finish is or how much pain you have left to endure. Just think about the moment you are in,” commented Stephen.
“Jessie matched her top-5 finish at Ski Tour Canada too. She’s a force to be reckoned with and it’s really cool to see her mature and grow into the strong athlete I knew she could be. Plus our staff is the best staff an athlete could hope for. They work so hard and always have a smile on their faces. It’s truly amazing,” she added.
Brennan showed her experience and talent in rebounding to claim a top-30 result. “This was only my second time up Alp Cermis, but it was definitely easier knowing what to expect. I struggled on the flat section, but was able to find a solid groove on the climb and pick people off one by one. I am very happy with my climbing.
“This was definitely not the Tour I had hoped for, but I am really happy that I was able to turn things around in the last few stages. I am always inspired by my teammates. It was especially nice to see Sadie get her first podium. It gives me confidence to see them succeed because I know it is possible for me too,” commented Brennan.
Following a few days to recover the US team will gather for a training camp in nearby Seiser Alm. “I love that place and I fully intend to go sledding every day,” quipped Diggins.
The World Cup returns next weekend with a freestyle sprint and distance race in the Tour town of Toblach, Italy.