Sundby Extends Tour Lead With Win in 35 k Pursuit; Harvey Third; Hoffman Posts Second-Fastest Stage TimeFriday, January 3rd, 2014
Norwegian Martin Sundby extended his lead in the Tour de Ski today with a commanding victory in today’s 35-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Toblach, Italy, finishing in 1:20:18.7, nearly a minute ahead of fellow Norwegian Petter Northug Jr. (+58.2). In third place, only a half-second behind Northug, was Canadian Alex Harvey (+58.7). Harvey is also in third place overall in the Tour.
Calle Halfvarrson of Sweden was fourth (+59.0) followed by Russia’s Alexander Legkov (+59.7).
Other North American finishers include 23rd place Canadian Devon Kershaw (+3:05.3) and American Noah Hoffman in 27th (+3:06.2). Hoffman had the second-fastest time of the day in 1:19:58.1, only 50.7 seconds slower than sixth-place Johannes Dürr of Austria. Canada’s Ivan Babikov was 28th (+3:06.3)