Bjoergen claims 111th XC World Cup win; Aspen’s Noah Hoffman 43rd in men’s race
RUKA, Finland (AP) — Marit Bjoergen, the most successful women’s cross-country skier in history, won a 10-kilometer classic race in the World Cup on Saturday as she builds up to her fifth Olympics.
The 37-year-old Norwegian claimed her 111th career World Cup win by a comfortable 17-second margin from Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in the season’s first distance race.
Jessica Diggins was the top American woman, finishing 10th.
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won the men’s 15K classic race, following up his victory in Friday’s sprint, while fellow Norwegian Didrik Toenseth was 15.3 seconds slower for second.
Finnish skier Iivo Niskanen was third on home snow, 10.3 seconds further back.
Aspen’s Noah Hoffman was 43rd overall and second among Americans.
Erik Bjornsen was 26th, while Aspen’s Simi Hamilton, a sprinter by trade, was 96th.
Russian Evgeny Belov finished sixth as he raced despite being banned from the Olympics this month for his part in Russia’s doping program. Another Russian skier with an Olympic doping ban, Maxim Vylegzhanin, was 16th.
The International Olympic Committee punishments only apply to the Olympics. The International Ski Federation hasn’t extended Russian skiers’ Olympic bans to its events yet, saying it needs more information from the IOC.
When asked if he is receiving any insider information on the terrain, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde — the boyfriend of Edwards’ own Mikaela Shiffrin — chuckled and replied, “You probably think so, but I actually I don’t.”