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Sergey Ustiugov sees winning run ended as Sundby takes Tour de Ski stage victory

Ustiugov sees winning run ended as Sundby takes Tour de Ski stage victory
By Sportsbeat

07/01/2017 at 17:09Updated 07/01/2017 at 18:52

Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby brought an end to Sergey Ustiugov's winning run in this year's Tour de Ski with victory in Val de Fiemme but the Russian remains strongly placed for the title.

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In a race that saw less than four seconds separating first and eighth place, Sundby stopped the clock in 40:40.0 to edge out the Russian by 2.2 seconds.

Ustiugov had won the opening five stages but had to settle for second with Finland's Matti Heikkinen taking third just four tenths of a second later.

Eighth-place Alexander Bessmertnykh of Russia finished just 3.9 seconds back from winner Sundby.

Victory sees Norwegian Sundby narrow the gap on Ustiugov in the overall standings to 1:11.9 with just one stage of the competition remaining on Sunday.

A seventh-place finish in Italy for Dario Cologna was beneficial however, as he maintained third overall, with Heikkinen leapfrogging Alex Harvey and Maurice Manificat into fourth.

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