Cross-Country Skiing - Johaug makes history with Tour de Ski win

Therese Johaug became the first-ever Norwegian to win the Tour de Ski after blowing away her rivals on the final climb of the race, the 9km pursuit.

Cross-Country Skiing - Johaug makes history with Tour de Ski win
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Therese Johaug of Norway competes on her way to win the ladies' FIS World Cup cross-country skiing 5km classic individual race on the Lago di Tesero track in Val di Fiemme January 4, 2014 (Reuters)

On the 15th attempt and after 11 previous Norwegian podium finishes, it was Johaug who grabbed her place in the record books as part of a Norwegian 1-2-3.

Johaug topped the podium while compatriots Astrid Jacobsen and Heidi Weng finished second and third respectively to make history as the first country to grab all three podium places in the Tour de Ski.

But the day belonged to Johaug who had seen the likes of Marit Bjoergen in the women’s and Petter Northug in the mens come so close but fail to seal Tour de Ski glory in years gone by.

There was no stopping the 25-year-old on Sunday as she stormed clear, despite Jacobsen carrying a more than 20-second advantage into the final race of the tour.

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