Oestberg, Iversen win mass start races in Tour de Ski

Norway's Emil Iversen celebrates after winning the 15km mass start of the Tour de Ski cross country skiing, in Oberstdorf, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. ( Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

Norwegians Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Emil Iversen won mass start races on the fifth stage of the cross-country Tour de Ski

OBERSTDORF, Germany — Norwegians Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Emil Iversen won mass start races on the fifth stage of the cross-country Tour de Ski on Thursday.

Oestberg, who won her third successive distance event, extended her lead in the seven-stage competition to 57 seconds over compatriot Heidi Weng, who was 11th in Oberstdorf.

Oestberg finished the women's 10-kilometer race in 23 minutes, 16.5 seconds, beating teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla by 1.9 and Finland's Krista Parmakoski by 3.2.

Oestberg also leads the overall World Cup standings by 36 points from Weng.

Despite finishing fourth in the men's 15-kilometer race, Switzerland's Dario Cologna stretched his lead in the Tour de Ski to 53 seconds over Sergey Ustiugov. The Russian was 28th in Oberstdorf.

Iversen won in 29:49.8, edging Norwegian teammate Sindre Bjoernestad Skar by 0.4 in a sprint. Italy's Francesco de Fabiani was 0.9 behind in third. Cologna was 3.7 behind.

Heavy rain and strong winds forced the cancellation of the fourth stage on Wednesday, and athletes raced on a modified course on Thursday.

The tour continues with the sixth stage at Val di Fiemme in Italy on Saturday.

Related News

Chinese sportswear brand makes inroads in tennis...

Jan 20, 2017

Svetlana Kuznetsova has a different look than most tennis players

Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd...

Jan 20, 2017

One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age

Nadal holds off Zverev to reach 4th round at...

Jan 21, 2017

Rafael Nadal had a good, hard look at the future before pulling a few tricks from his past to hold...

Bryan brothers announce retirement from Davis Cup...

Jan 22, 2017

Bob and Mike Bryan are retiring from playing Davis Cup for the United States after 14 years with...

Tough at the top: Murray, Kerber make 4th-round...

Jan 22, 2017

It was tough at the top for Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open, with both the...

Matthew Dellavedova, tennis player? Nope, it's...

Jan 22, 2017

Basketball fans may have done a double take upon seeing the Australian Open schedule on Sunday:...

NHL Livescore