DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan and Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland had dominating sprint victories Saturday at a cross-country World Cup meet in Davos.
Poltoranin beat overall World Cup leader Dario Cologna of Switzerland by 5.49 seconds in the men's 1.5-kilometer classical race, with Federico Pellegrino of Italy third, 6.02 back. With the world championships starting next week, Kowalczyk issued a statement to her main rival Marit Bjoergen by beating the Norwegian triple Olympic champion by 2.85 seconds in the women's final. Anne Kylloenen of Finland was third, 6.06 seconds back.
Cologna leads the men's overall standings with 1,093 points, 119 ahead of Alexander Legkov of Russia. Kowalczyk has all but wrapped up the women's overall title, holding a lead of more than 500 points ahead of second-place Therese Johaug of Norway.