Ustiugov claims record-breaking Tour de Ski title
Sergey Ustiugov won the Tour de Ski in record-breaking fashion – winning five of the seven events en route to finishing top of the pile.
The Russian had led from the very first event and went into the final 9km pursuit in Val di Fiemme looking to become the first man to win having been in front from the very start.
And as it was Ustiugov took the crown in style, his time of 3:24:47.9 hours more than a minute ahead of his nearest challenger Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway.
In the end Sundby could only gain nine seconds on Ustiugov as the Russian added to his Junior and Under-23 World Championship titles.
Russia's Sergey Ustiugov crosses the finish line of the men's 15 kilometers pursuit free style competition of the "Tour de Ski" Cross Country World Cup on January 4, 2017 in Oberstdorf, southern GermanyAFP
Dario Cologna of Switzerland began the day in third place, about 30 seconds ahead of Finland's Matti Heikkinen and Maurice Manificat.
And despite Manificat and Heikkinen recording the first and second fastest times of the day, Cologna held on for third place in the Tour overall finishing 1:19.1 behind Ustiugov and 7.8 seconds ahead of Manificat. Heikkinen crossed the finish line another 4.4 seconds later for fifth place.