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Cologna Powers to 30 k Skiathlon Victory in Sochi

Switzerland’s Dario Cologna turned it on as needed, skiing from as far back as 17th during the classic leg to fourth through the transition, and ultimately, first at the finish in Saturday’s Sochi World Cup 30 k skiathlon in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Cologna took charge on the skate leg, getting in front on the second of four laps. He stayed in contention with the likes of Alexander Legkov (RUS), Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA) and Petter Northug (NOR), and later challenged Russia’s Ilia Chernousov and Maxim Vylegzhanin up the final climb. Cologna successfully dropped the Russians, as three of them, including Legkov, attempted to close the gap into the stadium.

Cologna prevailed, winning in 1 hour and 21 minutes, and Chernousov edged his teammates in second, 1.6 seconds back. Legkov was third (+1.8), Vylegzhanin fourth (+2.2) and another Russian, Evgeniy Belov fifth (+7.5). Germany’s Tobias Angerer placed sixth (+10.0), Gaillard was seventh (+10.6), Italy’s Roland Clara eighth (+12.0), Nikolay Khokhryakov (RUS) ninth (+15.8), and Maurice Manificat of France 10th (+16.6).

A fan of sprint bonuses scattered throughout the eight-lap course, Northug ran out of steam and finished 12th behind Vladislav Skobelev (RUS), 22.9 seconds out of first.

Out of 16 starters, Russia had nine in the top 20.

Russian-born Canadian Ivan Babikov led the North Americans in 17th (+34.0). Noah Hoffman of the U.S. was 26th (+53.9) after skiing as high as 10th early in the freestyle portion. Devon Kershaw (CAN) placed 38th despite leading briefly in the classic leg.

Men’s results



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