The Russian team for Tour de Ski 2021/22 is once again very competitive but one of the favourites is not included in the team.
Russia has once again a very impressive team for the Tour de Ski. Women's Russian top three Natalia Nepryaeva
, Tatiana Sorina
and Yulia Stupak
will be fighting for top spots for sure. The Russian men's team of nine skiers is lead by Alexander Bolshunov
who hasn't yet shown his best this season due to illness.
The Russian men's team is very strong and many skiers have potential to finish in the top six. Yet one of the biggest Tour favourites is absent as Sergey Ustiugov
is not included in the Russian team. Ustiugov has decided to concentrate on the Beijing Winter Olympics
where he wants to put the Olympic disappointmets behind him and win his first Olympic medals.
Ustiugov would have been one of the favourites on the Tour alongside Bolshunov and Johannes Hösflot Kläbo
. Ustiugov has participated on the Tour four times and has finished in the top three every time. He won the Tour in 2016/17.
Team Russia for Tour de Ski 2021/22
See also: Tour de Ski 2021/22 schedule, timetables and other teams