• Stephen impressive in Tour de Ski
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     | January 07,2013
     

    CAVALESE, Italy — Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won her fifth Tour de Ski title Sunday and secured her fourth consecutive overall victory.

    Kowalczyk’s time was 35:52.5 to finish 27.9 ahead of Therese Johaug of Norway. Kristin Stoermer Steira, another Norwegian, was third, 2:39.5 back.

    Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier) combined to place two Americans in the top 15 as the seven-stage Tour de Ski came to a close on the staggering climb up the Alpe Cermis. It was an impressive performance by Stephen, who was second fastest up the climb and jumped from 22nd to 15th for a career best Tour finish. Randall, who was 10th a year ago, dropped from seventh to 12th.

    In the men’s event, Alexander Legkov of Russia won his first stage in this year’s race by surging away from his rivals on the final climb up Mount Cermis.

    Legkov started the final stage in the nine-day race 6.5 seconds behind three-time champion Dario Cologna of Switzerland, but Cologna couldn’t keep pace when Legkov went ahead on the way up the downhill ski slope.

    Legkov won the 9-kilometer freestyle handicap-start race in 31 minutes, 3.4 seconds and finished 18.7 seconds ahead of Cologna, with fellow Russian Maxim Vylegzhanin third, 40.7 back.



    Cross Country

    World Cup Results

    Sunday

    At Val di Fiemme, Italy

    Men

    Women

    9K Freestyle Final Climb Pursuit

    1. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland, 35:52.5.

    2. Therese Johaug, Norway, 27.9.

    3. Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway, 2:39.5.

    4. Krista Lahteenmaki, Finland, 3:04.7.

    5. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Norway, 3:13.5.

    6. Heidi Weng, Norway, 3:29.1.

    7. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 3:51.3.

    8. Riitta-Liisa Roponen, Finland, 4:19.6.

    9. Anne Kylloenen, Finland, 4:23.0.

    10. Katrin Zeller, Germany, 4:58.4.

    Also

    12. Kikkan Randall, United States, 5:19.9.

    15. Elizabeth Stephen, United States, 6:09.5.

    21. Jessica Diggins, United States, 8:47.8.

    38. Holly Brooks, United States, 12:46.5.

    Overall World Cup Standings

    (After 17 of 31 events)

    1. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland, 1,222.

    2. Therese Johaug, Norway, 852.

    3. Kikkan Randall, United States, 774.

    4. Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway, 702.

    5. Anne Kylloenen, Finland, 619.

    6. Heidi Weng, Norway, 575.

    7. Krista Lahteenmaki, Finland, 545.

    8. Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 450.

    9. Denise Herrmann, Germany, 426.

    10. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Norway, 424.

    Also

    21. Elizabeth Stephen, United States, 230.

    31. Holly Brooks, United States, 136.

    34. Jessica Diggins, United States, 115.

    36. Ida Sargent, United States, 109.

    67. Sophie Caldwell, United States, 26.

    75. Sadie Bjornsen, United States, 19.

    90. Rebecca Rorabaugh, United States, 7.

    9K Freestyle Final Climb Pursuit

    1. Alexander Legkov, Russia, 31:03.4.

    2. Dario Cologna, Switzerland, 18.7 seconds behind.

    3. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia, 40.7.

    4. Petter Northug Jr., Norway, 1:07.7.

    5. Marcus Hellner, Sweden, 1:12.4.

    6. Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic, 1:41.7.

    7. Ivan Babikov, Canada, 2:04.4.

    8. Giorgio di Centa, Italy, 2:15.5.

    9. Johan Olsson, Sweden, 2:20.7.

    10. Ilia Chernousov, Russia, 2:47.5.

    Also

    44. Kris Freeman, United States, 10:09.7.

    46. Noah Hoffman, United States, 10:39.0.

    World Cup Standings

    (After 17 or 31 events)

    1. Alexander Legkov, Russia, 799 points.

    2. Petter Northug Jr., Norway, 759.

    3. Dario Cologna, Switzerland, 751.

    4. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia, 691.

    5. Marcus Hellner, Sweden, 554.

    6. Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan, 528.

    7. Ilia Chernousov, Russia, 453.

    8. Emil Joensson, Sweden, 403.

    9. Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic, 363.

    10. Giorgio di Centa, Italy, 348.

    Also

    33. Andrew Newell, United States, 132.

    43. Noah Hoffman, United States, 104.

    57. Kris Freeman, United States, 52.

    118. Simeon Hamilton, United States, 7.

    119. Skyler Davis, United States, 7.

    126. Tad Elliott, United States, 3.

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