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Kling, Scott in the Money at China Tour de Ski; Kling Wins Sprint, 2nd in Mass Start

Americans Peter Kling (second from l) and Ryan Scott (r) on the podium after placing first and fourth in the China Tour de Ski sprint on Monday in Inner Mongolia. (Photo: Peter Kling)

Americans Peter Kling (second from l) and Ryan Scott (r) on the podium after placing first and fourth, respectively, in the China Tour de Ski sprint on Monday in Inner Mongolia. (Photo: Peter Kling)

(Note: This post has been updated to include updated information regardubg the China Tour de Ski classic sprint on Monday, Jan. 5.)

Peter Kling and Ryan Scott both made the podium at the China Tour de Ski on Monday, with Kling (a former Alaska Pacific University member) and Scott (an independent racer) placing first and fourth in the 1.2-kilometer classic sprint in XiWuQi, Inner Mongolia.

Peter Kling with his check for $10,000 Chinese Yuan (roughly $1,600 dollars) after winning the Tour de Ski China's 1.2 k sprint on Monday in Inner Mongolia.

Peter Kling with his check for $10,000 Chinese Yuan (roughly $1,600 dollars) after winning the China Tour de Ski’s 1.2 k sprint on Monday in Inner Mongolia. (Courtesy photo)

“The sprint was a 2 lap flat course and it was windy,” Kling explained in an email. “Tactics played a huge role in the race. The technicians did a great job on the skis. … Two Swedish guys are waxing for the entire group. Rolf and Per — they have been here many times and work hard.”

Kling earned 10,000 Chinese Yuan (RMB) for the stage win, slightly more than $1,600 dollars. In fourth, Scott was presented with a check for 2,000 RMB, roughly $320 dollars.

According to Scott, organizers are covering all of his travel, room and food, “on top of a prize purse that would put U.S. National’s to shame,” he wrote in an email last week. “My only expense is $500 Euros to the organizers and paying for bags.”

At U.S. nationals this week in Houghton, Mich., winners walk away with $1,200 dollars for each win (compared to $750 for a SuperTour win). Second place at nationals gets $600, and third receives $300, according to the USSA 2015 competition guide.

On Sunday, following a 17-hour bus ride across China, the two Americans raced the 5.7 k freestyle mass start in XiWuQi. Kling finished second to China’s Sun Quinghai, who won it by 0.7 seconds in 13:24.8. Norway’s Eirik Bruland placed third, 1.3 seconds after Quinghai, and Scott was 30th (+1:17.2). Quinghai also won the 1.6 k sprint at the beginning of the Tour.

“The Inner Mongolia population is extremely welcoming and friendly,” Kling wrote. “Today following the sprint the whole tour went and watched a camel race.”

Tomorrow, the Tour heads to Nalati in the northwestern region of China known as XinJiang, where a 5 k mass start and another sprint will be held as the final stages from Jan. 8-9.

The awards ceremony at the China Tour de Ski on Monday in Inner Mongolia, where Peter Kling won the 1.2 k sprint and fellow American Ryan Scott was fourth. (Photo: Peter Kling)

The awards ceremony at the China Tour de Ski on Monday in Inner Mongolia, where Peter Kling won the 1.2 k sprint and fellow American Ryan Scott was fourth. (Photo: Peter Kling)

•Opener: Jan. 1 Freestyle sprint, Changchun, Jilin Province

•Stage 1: Jan. 2 Vasaloppet China 50 k classic, Changchun, Jilin Province

•Stage 2: Jan. 4 Mass start 5.7 k and 3.8 k, XiWuQi, Inner Mongolia

•Stage 3: Jan. 5 Sprint, XiWuQi, Inner Mongolia

•Stage 4: Jan. 8 Mass start 5 k, Nalati, XinJiang

•Stage 5: Jan. 9 Sprint, Nalati, XinJiang

 

Recent results: Men’s 5.7 k mass start | Women’s 3.8 k mass start

For Monday’s sprint results, check back at Tour de Ski China.com

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  1. Did Mr. Scott inquire as to where the prize purse came from that would put US Nationals’ to shame?