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Sadie Bjornsen reaches seventh at Tour de Ski

VAL di FIEMME, Italy – The Bjornsens, Sadie and Erik, watched the conclusion of the Tour de Ski cross country skiing over the weekend here.

She pulled out of the nine-day, seven-race tour, which began Jan. 3 in Oberstdorf, Germany, and was competed in Switzerland during last week.

When Sadie Bjornsen pulled out she was in seventh place in the women’s overall tour standings.

She placed in the top 15 in each of the four races she competed and the Top 8 in two races.

She also had a strong start to the World Cup season, scoring points in most of her close to two-dozen starts. But not until the tour, part of the World Cup, had she cracked the Top 15 in the standings.

With the final tour races now complete, she is ranked No. 21 with 184 points.

Bjornsen, an Olympian this year, along with Kikkan Randall, a four-time Olympian and the three-time reigning World Cup sprint champion, stopped skiing to prepare for the World Championships in a month at Falun, Sweden.

They will do some World Cup races leading up to the championships.

Bjornsen started the tour by placing seventh in Saturday's 3K prologue in Oberstdorf, Germany. She was 14th in the next day's pursuit, seventh in a freestyle sprint Tuesday in Switzerland and eighth (9 seconds away from the podium) in a 5K classic Wednesday in Toblach, Italy.

The Wednesday race moved her to 16th overall in the World Cup standings with 14 of 28 events completed.

Bjornsen, a 2014 Olympian, said the Tour's relentless pace appealed to her.

Randall, Bjornsen and other U.S. Ski Team members will train for about a week in Ramsau, Germany, before rejoining the World Cup tour.

Erik Bjornsen was the top American in 58th in a 10K classic Wednesday in Toblach, Italy, and 59th in a 1.4K freestyle Tuesday in Val Mustair, Switzerland.


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