OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Maxim Vylegzhanin edged Russian teammate Alexander Legkov on Sunday in a 15-kilometer classical pursuit to win the second stage of the Tour de Ski and take the overall lead in the seven-leg World Cup event.
Vylegzhanin crossed the line 0.1 seconds ahead of Legkov, with prologue winner Petter Northug of Norway trailing 6.5 seconds behind in third. Vylegzhanin now leads Legkov by 5.1 seconds going into a sprint stage Jan. 1 in Val Muestair, Switzerland, before the tour moves to Italy.
Defending champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the women's 9K pursuit by 41.4 seconds over Therese Johaug of Norway. Johaug trails Kowalczyk 46.4 seconds in tour standings. Anne Kylloenen of Finland was third in the race, while prologue winner Kikkan Randall of the United States dropped back to 14th.