Out of a congested pack racing toward the finish, Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin emerged as the victor in the World Cup 15-kilometer classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. Vylegzhanin, 31, had outlasted Russian teammate Evgeniy Belov, eight years younger, for the win by 2.2 seconds in 35:39.0.
Another 0.1 seconds back, Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin placed third ahead of Canada’s Alex Harvey in fourth (+5.2). Germany took fifth and sixth with Hannes Dotzler (+5.8) and Tobi Angerer (+7.3). Russia’s Stanislav Volzhentsev notched seventh (+19.2), three-tenths of a second ahead of Canadian Devon Kershaw in eighth. Ivan Babikov rounded out Canada’s best team showing of the season in ninth (+20.9), and Germany’s Jens Filbrich placed 10th (+21.3).
Noah Hoffman led the U.S. in 19th (+1:05.2), Andy Newell finished 27th and Erik Bjornsen was 40th.