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Vyalbe said about tears after the victory of Nepryaeva at the Tour de Ski

The President of the Russian Cross-Country Skiing Federation (FLGR) Elena Vyalbe told RIA Novosti that she is proud of Natalya Nepryaeva, who won the overall Tour de Ski standings.

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“Now I have tears in my eyes. We went to this for almost 12 years. The mountain is a difficult story, here you can play even 400 meters away. The whole race was very intense, ”said Valbe.

According to Vyalbe, this victory will give Nepryaeva even more strength and confidence. The head of the federation also said that she is proud of the athlete and believes in her.

Russian skier won the Tour de Ski for the first time in history. Others On Tuesday, Nepryaeva finished fourth in the mass start, the final race of the Tour de Ski. This was enough to win the overall standings. In total, the Russian woman won two of the six multi-girl races - the mass start and the sprint in the classic style.

For the first time in history, a Russian skier won this prestigious race. Nepryaeva was the second twice (2019, 2020), and last season the second place was taken by Yulia Stupak.

Thanks to the victory in the Tour de Ski, Nepryaeva became the leader in the overall World Cup, gaining 843 points. In second place is Swedish Ebba Andresson (648), in third - American Jessica Diggins (622). The Russian skier last won the overall World Cup in the 2000/01 season, when Julia Chepalova did it.

26-year-old Nepryaeva is the bronze medalist of the 2018 Olympics in the relay, at the world championships she has silver (2021, relay) and two bronzes (2019, relay and skiathlon).

Vyalbe said about tears after the victory of Nepryaeva at the Tour de Ski