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The Tour de Barents mini-tour continued with a 10/15km freestyle mass start in the Finnish town of Inari. Petra Majdic (SLO) broke away with Kristin Stoermer Steira (NOR) entering the last of four 2.5 kilometer laps. Steira was unable to respond to Majdic’s subsequent attack, and the tall Slovenian, in the process of wrapping up her final season, skied away to a 30 second victory. Bouyed by her strong performance and the accompanying 24 bonus...

The North American elite racing season may be over, but there is still plenty of action to be found in Europe, including the second annual Tour de Barents, a four-stage mini-tour in the Barents region of northern Europe. While fields are not large – just 11 women and 35 men are contesting this year’s event – there is plenty of firepower. Petra Majdic (SLO) leads the women as she wraps up her farewell tour. Majdic...

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The Finnish team claimed bragging rights in the inaugral Tour de Barents as Riitta Liisa Roponen and Sami Jauhojärvi took the victories in the four event stage race in northern Finland and Norway. Roponen entered the final stage – a handicap start of 8.8 kilometer – with a 15 second lead on Kristin Stoermer Steira (NOR).  After being defeated by Steira in the classic sprint Roponen did not leave anything to chance at the end,...

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The Tour de Barents, a “mini-tour” modeled on the Tour de Ski is halfway done with a small, but elite field battling for the overall title.  The event consists of four races in the Barents region of northern Nroway and Finland. Racing action began on Wednesday with a 5/10km individual start classic race.  Finnish World Cup star Sami Jauhojärvi (FIN) skied to an impressive win in the men’s race, besting fellow Finn Mikko Koutaniemi by...