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Tour de Ski: Hetland, Kuitunen claim stage No. 3

Tor Arne Hetland of Norway won a sprint to take the fourth leg of the inaugural cross-country Tour de Ski on Friday.

ASIAGO, Italy — Tor Arne Hetland of Norway won a sprint to take the fourth leg of the inaugural cross-country Tour de Ski on Friday.
    Hetland entered the final sprint in front and held on in a photo finish to beat Thobias Fredriksson of Sweden by 0.1 seconds. Hetland covered the 1.2-kilometer course in 2 minutes, 27.3 seconds.
    Petter Northug of Norway was third, 0.6 behind.
    Tobias Angerer of Germany finished last in the B final, but held onto his lead in the overall standings.
    Virpi Kuitunen of Finland won the women's race in 2:44.2 to vault atop the overall standings. Marit Bjoergen of Norway finished second, 0.4 seconds behind. Arianna Follis of Italy, who led for most of the race, took third, 0.8 back.
    The Tour de Ski concludes in Val Di Fiemme with mass start races Saturday and a climb Sunday.


World Cup cross-country ski results

ASIAGO, Italy — Results Friday from a World Cup cross-country ski meet, the fourth stop of the Tour de Ski:
Men
1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint
Final

1. Tor Arne Hetland, Norway, 2 minutes, 27.3 seconds.
2. Thobias Fredriksson, Sweden, 0.1 seconds behind.
3. Petter Northug, Norway, 0.6.
4. Janusz Krezelok, Poland, 1.5.
5. Marcus Hellner, Sweden, 3.0.
6. Dusan Kozisek, Czech Republic, 9.0.

Tour de Ski rankings
(After 4 of 6 events)

1. Tobias Angerer, Germany, 1 hour, 34 minutes, 36 seconds.
2. Simen Oestensen, Norway, 27.3 seconds behind.
3. Evgenji Dementiev, Russia, 31.1.
4. Petter Northug, Norway, 31.5.
5. Franz Goering, Germany, 46.9.
6. Nikolai Pankratov, Russia, 1:00.6.
7. Vincent Vittoz, France, 1:04.5.
8. Tor Arne Hetland, Norway, 1:06.2.
9. Giorgio Di Centa, Italy, 1:11.7.
10. Cristian Zorzi, Italy, 1:22.9.

Women
1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint
Final

1. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 2:44.2.
2, Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 0.4 seconds behind.
3. Arianna Follis, Italy, 0.8.
4. Britta Norgren, Sweden, 0.9.
5. Katerina Neumannova, Czech Republic, 1.2.
6. Natalia Korosteleva, Russia, 2.6.

Tour de Ski rankings
(After 4 of 6 events)

1. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 1 hour, 2 minutes, 21.4 seconds.
2. Marit Bjoergen, Norwway, 28.3 seconds behind.
3. Petra Majdic, Slovenia, 34.3.
4. Kristin Steira, Norway, 38.7.
5. Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Finland, 47.4.
6. Vibeke Skofterud, Norway, 55.6.
7. Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Germany, 1:00.8.
8. Valentina Shevchenko, Ukraine, 1:01.7.
9. Marianna Longa, Italy, 1:14.8.
10. Olga Savialova, Russia, 1:18.5.

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