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Man in heaven after tour win
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08:53, January 09, 2009

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China's women skiers were the biggest winners at the just-concluded 2008/2009 FIS Tour De Ski (China), with Man Dandan crowned overall champion as expected courtesy of her convincing victory on the final stop in Shangri-la, Yunnan province on Tuesday.

Man, who won the first stop in Xiwu Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region and the third stop in Changchun, Jinlin province, continued her excellent form on Shangri-la's high-altitude ski track. The 19-year-old held off Norway's Tiril Scholberg and Swede Therese Carlsson to wrap up her hattrick on Tuesday.

With victories in three of the five-stop tour, Man easily pocketed the title of overall champion. Her compatriot Li Hongxue, winner of the second stop, was second in the standings, followed by another Chinese, Er Yingcui.

"Winning the race at such a high altitude proves my ability and I am overwhelmed that I can call myself the overall champ. Now I want to improve and take this to the next level," Man said.

In the men's race, Gaudenz Flury from Switzerland won ahead of Frenchman Remi Damevin and Johan Edin of Sweden. His victory could not, however, prevent Sweden's Anders Hogberg, also a triple winner on the tour, from collecting the overall championship.

Edin, winner of the third stop in Changchun, placed second in the overall standings as local skier Xu Wenlong came in third.

Source: China Daily

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