Cologna, Oestberg win Tour de Ski pursuits and lead overall

January 1, 2018

Dario Cologna of Switzerland skis to win the men's 15 kilometer cross country pursuit race at the Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Dario Cologna and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg won cross-country Tour de Ski distance races for the second straight day Monday and both lead the overall standings after three of seven stages.

Cologna started a 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit event 1.6 seconds behind previous leader Sergey Ustiugov, and was 17.2 seconds ahead of the Russian at the finish almost 35 minutes later. With a time bonus, Switzerland’s Cologna leads Ustiugov by 22.6 overall.

Alexander Bolshunov of Russia finished third and trails Cologna by 55.5 going into Wednesday’s fourth stage in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Oestberg retained her overall lead with a 27.8-second victory over fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit, and earned an extra 5-second time bonus.

Third-place Jessica Diggins of the United States now trails Oestberg by 1 minute, 26.9 seconds.

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