The Polish skier and the Tour de Ski have gone hand in hand in recent years with the 29-year-old having finished top of the pile in the previous three years.
And the 2010 Olympic 30km classical champion looked on course to make it four wins from four as she held a lead of more than two minutes over her nearest challenger Therese Johaug of Norway heading into Sunday’s final event – the 9km free final climb pursuit.
And Kowalczyk did not disappoint, tackling the tough course head on and crossing the finish line in 35:52.5 for the victory.
Johaug put up a good fight but finished second, 27.9 seconds behind, with her Norwegian compatriot Kristin Stoermer Steira finishing third.
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