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Sundby Extends Tour Lead With Win in 35 k Pursuit; Harvey Third; Hoffman Posts Second-Fastest Stage Time

Friday, 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)


Men 35 km free pursuit
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 1:20:18.7
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) +58.2
3. Alex Harvey (CAN) +58.7
FIS Tour de Ski overall standing men – total time
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 2:08:17.3
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) +1:03.2
3. Alex Harvey (CAN) +1:08.7
FIS Tour de Ski sprint standing men – total bonus seconds
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 1:33
2. Alex Harvey (CAN) 1:02
3. Calle Halfvarsson (SWE) 0:59
Fastest time men 35 km free pursuit
1. Johannes Dürr (AUT) 1:19:07.4
2. Noah Hoffman (USA) +50.7
3. Tord Asle Gjerdalen (NOR) +56.9

Halvarsson of Sweden Wins Stage 2 of TdS

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson won the second stage of the Tour de Ski on Sunday in the men’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint final in Oberhof, Germany. In densely falling snow, Halfvarsson fended off Italy’s Federico Pellegrino and a late-charging Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway to capture Sweden’s second win of the day (Hanna Erikson won the women’s final.)

Andy Newell, Alex Harvey, and Devon Kershaw all qualified for the quarterfinals.  Harvey and Kershaw raced against each other in the first quarterfinals, with Harvey advancing in second and Kershaw just missing out in third.

Harvey started his semifinal in third position until Russian Alexander Legkov’s ski caught him and he fell at the base of a climb. Unable to catch up, he finished the day in 11th.

Newell also advanced to the semifinal round, finishing 10th overall.


1. Calle Halfvarsson (SWE)

2. Federico Pellegrino (ITA)

3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)

4. Jens Eriksson (SWE)

5. Josef Wenzl (GER)

6. Petter Northug (NOR)


North American results:

10.  Andy Newell (USA)

11.Alex Harvey (CAN)

18. Devon Kershaw (CAN)

35. Simi Hamilton (USA)

95. Noah Hoffman (USA)

101. Ivan Babikov (CAN)

Harvey, Østberg Top Tour Sprint Qualifiers in Oberhof; Caldwell Fifth

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

The good vibes are still very much with Alex Harvey a day after the Canadian won the opening stage of the Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany, finishing just ahead of his teammate Devon Kershaw in Saturday’s freestyle prologue.

Harvey went on to post the fastest men’s time in the 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint qualifier in 2:49.76, finishing 2.34 seconds faster than Sweden’s Jens Eriksson in second. Ales Razym of the Czech Republic was just another five-hundredths of a second back in third, and Russia’s Alexander Legkov another two-hundredths back in fourth.

After Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson in fifth, Norway’s Petter Northug qualified in sixth, and Great Britain’s Andrew Musgrave in seventh.

Kershaw advanced to the heats in 10th, Andy Newell of the U.S. qualified in 12th, but Simi Hamilton was a second out of the top 30 in 35th.

In the women’s 1.5 k qualifier, Norway’s Ingvlid Flugstad Østberg was fastest around the one-loop course in 3:08.6. Finland’s Anne Kyllonen was second, 0.27 seconds back, and Slovenia’s Alenka Cebasek third (+1.68). Norway’s Marit Bjørgen qualified in fourth (+2.76) ahead of American Sophie Caldwell in fifth (+3.05). Caldwell edged Germany’s Denise Herrmann in sixth by one-hundredth of a second.

After France’s Celia Aymonier in seventh, Norway’s Therese Johaug and Astrid Jacobsen qualified in eighth and ninth, respectively. Canada’s Dasha Gaiazova advanced in 10th, Perianne Jones moved on in 14th, and Jessie Diggins of the U.S. ranked 18th.

Also for the U.S., Liz Stephen placed 33rd, missing the top-30 cut by 0.78 seconds, and Holly Brooks was 37th, another 1.75 seconds back.

Results: men | women

Russia Holds Off Pressing Norwegians for Lillehammer Relay Win

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

After his three Russian teammates did most of the work ahead of him on Sunday, Maxim Vylegzhanin took advantage of skiing in the top three and a major risk in the final stretches of the World Cup 4 x 7.5 k relay in Lillehammer, Norway. With the likes of Norwegians Petter Northug (NOR I), Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR II), Tord Asle Gjerdalen (NOR III) on his tail, Vylegzhanin attacked on the second-to-last climb and held the gap all the way to the finish for 1.6-second Russian victory.

Gjerdalen fell behind on the final ascent, but Krogh and Northug pushed relentlessly in an effort to catch Vylegzhanin down into the stadium. With Dmitriy Japarov, Alexander Bessmertnykh, Alexander Legkov (who made a decisive attack in the third leg to break 11 skiers down to three), and Vylegzhanin, Russia won in 1:19.04.7, and Norway’s second team captured second with Krogh (+1.6). Norway took third and fourth as well, with Northug (+1.8) and Gjerdalen (+9.3), respectively, and Marcus Hellner carried Sweden to fourth (+21.0) ahead of France’s Ivan Perrillat Boiteux in fifth (+22.2). The Czech Republic placed sixth (+49.7) with Martin Jaks as its anchor. Norway’s fourth team placed seventh, 1:15 out of first.

Canada finished 14th with Lenny Valjas, Alex Harvey, Ivan Babikov, and Devon Kershaw (+3:01.4), and the U.S. men placed 17th of 19 teams (+3:48.2), with Andy Newell, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman, and Simi Hamilton.



Golberg Romps Lillehammer 15 k; Harvey Top North American in 16th

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Norwegian Pål Golberg was in it for the long haul on Saturday, hanging in the mix then accelerating in the second half of the men’s 15 k classic individual start to win his first World Cup by 14.2 seconds in Lillehammer, Norway.

Golberg ousted Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin from the leader’s chair with the fastest time of 35 minutes flat. Poltoranin placed second, 1.3 seconds ahead of Didrik Tønseth of Norway, who placed third.

Sweden’s Marcus Hellner and Johan Olsson took fourth (+20.2) and fifth (+21.4), respectively. Russian Alexander Legkov closed hard for sixth (+22.2), just ahead of three Norwegians: Martin Sundby (seventh), Chris Jespersen (eighth) and Petter Northug (ninth). Swede Daniel Richardsson finished 10th (+42.3).

After finishing 43rd overall in last weekend’s Kuusamo Ruka Triple, Canadian Alex Harvey captured 16th on Saturday, 50.2 seconds behind Golberg.

Harvey’s teammate, Ivan Babikov placed 35th, and Noah Hoffman was the top American in 41st.

Also for Canada, Devon Kershaw finished 56th, and Jesse Cockney was 68th.

Americans Kris Freeman placed 75th and Mikey Sinnott was 81st.


Northug Secures World Cup Finals Win, Norway Sweeps Podium

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Petter Northug, Jr., (NOR) hung on to his 30-second lead in the 15 k freestyle pursuit on Sunday, the fourth and final stage of World Cup Finals, to win both the mini-tour and widen his margin of victory in the overall World Cup for 2012-2013. He maintained his half-minute margin over teammates Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby until the final straightaway, when he slowed down to wave to the crowd, and crossed the finish-line 0.7 seconds ahead of Krogh.

In the battle for second in the World Cup overall, Alexander Legkov (RUS) held off Dario Cologna (SUI) in a sprint finish four fourth and fifth in the pursuit. Legkov won the duel by 0.3 seconds and will take second in the overall standings.

Alex Harvey (CAN) was the top North American finisher in 25th, 3:40.5 back, and Noah Hoffman was close behind for the U.S. in 27th (+3:41.9).

Devon Kershaw (CAN) came through in 31st in a photo finish with Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR), +4:27.4, Torin Koos (USA) took 35th (+4:52.6), Andy Newell (USA) finished 38th (+5:25.4) and Lenny Valjas finished 48th out of 48 finishers (+10:02.9).


Rønning Ousts Vylegzhanin, Sundby in 15 k Classic Mass Start at World Cup Finals

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Ideally positioned coming into the final corner, Eldar Rønning tucked behind the two leaders, Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin, and accelerated before the line, winning Saturday’s 15 k classic mass start at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden.

Rønning outlunged Vylegzhanin by 0.1 seconds, and Sundby settled for third 1.0 seconds back. After a rough start, in which Petter Northug was skiing outside the top 20, the Norwegian World Cup leader finished fourth, 5.5 seconds behind to maintain his lead in the mini tour.

Leading into the last of five laps, Daniel Richardsson of Sweden ended up fifth (+5.8), Italy’s Giorgio Di Centa notched sixth (+7.2) and teammate Dietmar Noeckler was seventh (+13.8).

Finn Hagen Krogh of Norway placed eighth, Sweden’s Emil Jonsson took ninth (after leading the third and fourth laps) and Russia’s Evgeniy Belov finished 10th.

Dario Cologna and Alexander Legkov didn’t come close enough to Northug to challenge him for the overall World Cup title, placing 12th and 15th, respectively. Legkov is now 80 points behind in the overall standings, and Northug is 30.5 seconds ahead of Vylegzhanin and 40.2 seconds ahead of Rønning in the mini tour heading into the final freestyle pursuit.

Noah Hoffman led the Americans in 25th (+1:16.3). Canada’s Alex Harvey was 30th for the second-straight day, and Devon Kershaw placed 36th. Andy Newell of the U.S. was 38th, Torin Koos (Bridger Ski Foundation/Rossignol) placed 39th, and Canadian Ivan Babikov was 41st.

Also for Canada, Lenny Valjas finished 50th and Michael Somppi (AWCA) was last in 51st.




Northug Checks Stockholm Off His List, Beats Brandsdal and Kriukov in Classic Sprint

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Petter Northug clearly wants to end 2012/2013 on a high note as evidenced by his dominating victory on Wednesday in the men’s World Cup 1.1 k classic sprint in Stockholm, Sweden.

On a flat-and-windy course, Northug put himself in prime position to seal the win — his first in Stockholm. He out-doublepoled all of his competitors (also on skate skis) to win the final by 0.74 seconds over teammate Eirik Brandsdal. Russian Nikita Kriukov was third, 1.14 seconds back.

The lone Swede in the final with three Norwegians, Teodor Peterson took fourth (+1.61), Petter’s younger brother Tomas Northug was fifth (+2.56) and Sergey Ustiugov of Russia finished sixth (+2.68).

Andy Newell (US Ski Team) was the only North American to make the semifinals, where he was sixth for 11th overall.

Canada’s Devon Kershaw was fourth in his quarterfinal to end up 18th, and Lenny Valjas on classic skis took fourth in his quarterfinal and was ultimately 20th. Torin Koos (Bridger Ski Foundation/Rossignol) placed 25th after finishing fifth in his quarterfinal.


Northug Nips Poltoranin in Drammen Classic Sprint

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Coming off two World Championships gold medals and a 15 k classic victory in Lahti, Norway’s Petter Northug continued his dominance on Wednesday, winning the World Cup 1.3 k classic sprint in downtown Drammen, Norway.

After beating teammate Paal Golberg and little brother Tomas Northug, respectively in the quarterfinal, Northug went on to finish second to Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin in the semifinal. In the final, with Poltoranin leading into the finishing straight, Northug (who raced on skate skis) made sure it didn’t happen again, double poling past him to capture his first victory in Drammen.

Northug won by 2.15 seconds, Poltoranin was second and Nikita Kriukov of Russia placed third (+4.96). At home in front of thousands of fans, Norway’s John Kristian Dahl finished fourth (+6.22) and Øystein Pettersen was fifth (+7.74). The lone Cologna racing on Wednesday (with Dario resting up for the Holmenkollen 50 k), Gianluca Cologna of Switzerland was sixth (+11.95).

Two Canadians — Lenny Valjas and Alex Harvey — narrowly qualified for the heats in 29th and 30th, respectively. Valjas went on to place third in his quarterfinal, 0.7 seconds behind Norway’s Finn Haagen Krogh and Dahl, respectively. He ultimately didn’t advance and ended up 16th overall. Harvey was fourth in his quarterfinal (behind Petter Northug, Golberg and Thomas Northug), avoiding two crashes (first by American Andy Newell, then a separate fall by Swede Johan Edin). Harvey placed 20th overall and Newell was 27th.

Torin Koos (Bridger Ski Foundation/Rossignol) led the U.S. in 18th after finishing fourth in his quarterfinal to Cologna, Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) and Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ), respectively.




Northug Rolls to Another Individual Start Victory at Lahti World Cup

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Continuing his winning ways, Petter Northug tallied a 31.7-second victory in Sunday’s 15 k classic in Lahti, Finland, for his second-straight individual start win since World Championships.

Northug topped Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin, who was second, and Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who was sick for nearly two weeks during and after World Championships, in third (+35.1).

Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic notched a World Cup season-best in fourth, missing his first individual podium of the year by 7.9 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Angerer was fifth (+43.0).

Leading the North Americans, Kris Freeman (U.S.) was 25th. Noah Hoffman placed 40th, Andy Newell was 61st, Torin Koos (Bridger Ski Foundation/Rossignol) was 67th, and Tad Elliott 77th for the U.S. Ski Team.

Canada’s Alex Harvey was 41st, and Alberta World Cup Academy teammates Graeme Killick placed 55th, Michael Somppi was 72nd and Jesse Cockney 78th.