Canmore X-C: Tchepalova edges Scott; Cottrer paces men


Canmore X-C: Tchepalova edges Scott; Cottrer paces men{mosimage}CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA – Canadian Beckie Scott captured another World Cup medal in Canmore today, finishing second, 14 seconds behind Russian veteran Julia Tchepalova, in the 10-kilometer individual start free technique event.

Tchepalova completed the women’s 10-kilometer event in 25 minutes, 39 seconds, 14.1 seconds ahead of Scott, who medaled in a third straight World Cup cross-country event.

Scott, a gold medalist at the 2002 Olympics, also won silver in the women’s 15-kilometer pursuit last Saturday and picked up the sprint gold on Sunday.

“I got off to a great start and I knew I was really close to Tchepalova for most of the race,” said Scott. “I was really searching for the gold today but to finish second in a World Cup race is very exciting and I’ll definitely take it.”

Germany’s Evi Sachenbacher Stehle was third in 26:39.5.
 
Scott started strong and was 1.2 seconds back from Tchepalova at 1.6 km, 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Sara Renner was 16 seconds back from the lead in 10th place.
 
At the finish line, Scott was unable to make up any ground, finishing 14 seconds back, though Renner picked up a few positions, finishing in 12th for a solid World Cup distance performance.
 
Other Canadians had strong results with Dasha Gaiasova finishing just out of World Cup points tied for 31st.

The top American was Sarah Konrad in 23rd place with Abi Larson 30th as each scored her first World Cup points.

Brooke Hovey was 41st, Rebecca Dussault 42nd, Allison Crocker 46th, Lindsey Williams 47th and Kate Whitcomb 48th.

Italy’s Pietro Piller Cottrer won the men’s 15-kilometer individual race in 35 minutes, 6.8 seconds. Vincent Vittoz of France was second at 35:21.7, and German Tobias Angerer was third at 35:31.3.

Ivan Babikov, a landed immigrant on Canada’s Team 2010, finished five seconds out of the medals with a fourth-place result.

American Kris Freeman (18th) finished in 36:09.4 with Carl Swenson (22nd) timed in 36:16.7.

American James Southam just missed the top 30, finishing 31st, one second away from his first World Cup points.

- The Associated Press/Cross Country Canada/USSA

World Cup cross-country results
Women
10-kilometer individual

1. Julia Tchepalova, Russia, 25:39.0
2. Beckie Scott, Canada, 25:53.1
3. Evi Sachenbacher Stehle, Germany, 26:39.5
4. Olga Rotcheva, Russia, 26:49.8
5. Svetlana Malahova-Shishkina, Kazakhstan, 26:49.9
6. Kristin Muerer Stemland, Norway, 26:53.0
7. Elena Burukhina, Russia, 26:59.2
8. Olga Savialova, Russia, 27:00.9
9. Sabina Valbusa, Italy, 27:01.2
10. Gabriella Paruzzi, Italy, 27:01.3
Overall standings
(After 7 of 24 events)

1. Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 490 points
2. Julia Tchepalova, Russia, 285
3. Claudia Kuenzel, Germany, 268
4. Beckie Scott, Canada, 260
5. Hilde G. Pederson, Norway, 237
6. Evi Sachenbacher Stehle, Germany, 229
7. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 208
8. Katerina Neumannova, Czech Republic, 190

Men
15-kilometer individual

1. Pietro Piller Cottrer, Italy, 35 minutes, 6.8 seconds
2. Vincent Vittoz, France, 35:21.7
3. Tobias Angerer, Germany, 35:31.3
4. Ivan Babikov, Russia, 35:36.7
5. Jan Egil Andresen, Norway, 35:48.9
6. Ivan Alypov, Russia, 35:49.7
7. Fabio Santus, Italy, 35:54.1
8. Valerio Checchi, Italy, 35:55.1
9. John Anders Gaustad, Norway, 35:57.6
(tie) Christian Hoffmann, Austria, 35:57.6
Overall standings
(After 7 of 24 races)

1. Tobias Angerer, Germany, 376 points
2. Tor Arne Hetland, Norway, 335
3. Vincent Vittoz, France, 239
4. Pietro Piller Cottrer, Italy, 182
5. Jens Arne Svartedal, Norway, 176
6. Eidar Roenning, Norway, 139
7. Peter Larsson, Sweden, 132
8. Bjoern Lind, Sweden, 125

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