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Teichmann, Kowalczyk win Tour de Ski pursuit races

 Second placed Marit Bjoergen, front, of Norway leads a group of athletes during the women's 10 km pursuit handicap race at the cross country Tour de ...
 CORRECTS NAME OF SECOND PLACED NORWEGIAN - Winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, left, reacts besides the second placed Therese Johaug of Norway, right...

Germany Cross Country Tour de Ski

Second placed Marit Bjoergen, front, of Norway leads a group of athletes during the women's 10 km pursuit handicap race at the cross country Tour de ...

CORRECTION Germany Cross Country Tour de Ski

CORRECTS NAME OF SECOND PLACED NORWEGIAN - Winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, left, reacts besides the second placed Therese Johaug of Norway, right...

Axel Teichmann delighted home fans by winning the men's pursuit race in the second event of the Tour de Ski cross-country series on Friday.
The German skier covered the 15-kilometer distance in classic style in 46 minutes and 3.3 seconds, coming from behind after Thursday's prologue. Teichmann started 28.7 seconds behind Petter Northug Jr. of Norway, but surged past the world champion to win by more than two seconds. Northug clocked 46:05.6 and last year's tour winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland was third in 46:06.2.
Earlier, defending champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the 10-kilometer women's pursuit race.
Kowalczyk also won Thursday's prologue and led from start to finish in the classical event to win in 32 minutes, 4.4 seconds. She beat Therese Johaug of Norway by two-tenths of a second. World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen of Norway was third in 32:11.5.
Bjoergen started in second place while Johaug jumped from 14th. Johaug also moved into second place in overall World Cup standings.
The grueling nine-event series in 11 days takes place in Germany and Italy.


Updated : 2021-05-19 06:00 GMT+08:00