Maj, Tchepalova Win World Cup Races
NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (AP) _ Fabio Maj of Italy won a men’s 10-kilometer freestyle cross country World Cup race Saturday, while Russia’s Julia Tchepalova won the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle.
Maj, 48th in the World Cup standings prior to the race, finished in 26 minutes, 12.9 seconds for the second victory of his career.
Jaak Mae of Estonia was second, 1.9 seconds back, and Kristen Skjeldal of Norway was third, 4.1 seconds behind.
Per Eloffson, who didn’t race in Nove Mesto, held his World Cup lead. The Swede has 549 points from 14 races, 142 points ahead of Norway’s Anders Aukland.
Tchepalova, the reigning World Cup champion, got her second victory of the season and moved to second in the World Cup standings. She finished in 13:45.2, followed by Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic, 19.6 seconds back. Stefania Belmondo of Italy was third, 21.6 seconds off the pace.
Neumannova leads the standings with 660 points from 14 races. Tchepalova and Bente Skari, who didn’t compete Saturday, share second place at 597.