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Weng Holds Off Johaug to Keep Tour Lead; Diggins Up to Fifth Overall

Jessie Diggins skis within a chase pack during the classic portion of Wednesday's 15 k skiathlon at the sixth stage of the Ski Tour Canada in Canmore, Alberta. (Photo: Peggy Hung)

American Jessie Diggins (6, in white) skis within a chase pack, which included Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (3), during the classic portion of Wednesday’s 15 k skiathlon at the sixth stage of the Ski Tour Canada in Canmore, Alberta. (Photo: Peggy Hung)

Heidi Weng keeps the Ski Tour Canada leader’s bib another day. At the end of the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon on Wednesday, the sixth stage of the Tour, the Norwegian bested her teammate and biggest threat, Therese Johaug by 0.8 seconds at the line.

Weng won in 39:41.0 minutes, maintaining a 2.9-second lead on Johaug in the overall Tour standings. More than a minute back in third overall, teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen reached the podium again in the skiathlon, placing third, 9.8 seconds after Weng.

Finland’s Krista Parmakoski (+13.4) and Anne Kyllönen (+13.5) interrupted the Norwegian sweep, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Østberg took sixth (+14.2). Four Finns landed in the top eight, with Kerttu Niskanen in seventh (+14.8) and Laura Mononen in eighth (+16.4). Switzerland’s Nathalie von Siebenthal placed ninth (+17.5), and Kari Øyre Slind of Norway notched 10th (+40.7).

Two seconds outside the top 10, American Jessie Diggins placed 11th (+42.8) and improved to fifth in the Tour (about a minute and 8 seconds behind Østberg in fourth) with two stages remaining.

Also for the U.S., Sadie Bjornsen tallied her eighth-consecutive World Cup top 20 in 16th (+1:35.3). In six stages of the Ski Tour Canada (STC) so far, she has finished 18th or better. Overall, she ranks 11th in the Tour.

Rosie Brennan was the third U.S. Ski Team member in the points, placing 25th (+2:24.0) for her season best.

The U.S. occupied 31st through 35th, with Caitlin Gregg (who missed the top 30 by 0.1 seconds) in 31st, Katharine Ogden in 32nd, Chelsea Holmes in 33rd, Annie Hart in 34th, and Ida Sargent in 35th.

Emily Nishikawa led the Canadian women in 37th and Cendrine Browne was 38th. Dahria Beatty finished 41st, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt was 42nd, Katherine Stewart-Jones 48th, Annika Hicks 49th, Maya MacIsaac-Jones 51st, Jenn Jackson 52nd, and Sophie Carrier-Laforte 55th. Alannah MacLean did not finish.

Americans Kaitlynn Miller and Jennie Bender finished 46th and 54th, respectively. Liz Stephen did not start, and thus will be unable to complete the Tour.

Women’s results | Tour standings (through Stage 6)

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