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Northug Nips Poltoranin in Drammen Classic Sprint

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.




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