OBERSTDORF, Germany — Norwegians Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Emil Iversen won mass start races on the fifth stage of the cross-country Tour de Ski on Thursday.
Oestberg, who won her third successive distance event, extended her lead in the seven-stage competition to 57 seconds over compatriot Heidi Weng, who was 11th in Oberstdorf.
Oestberg finished the women’s 10-kilometer race in 23 minutes, 16.5 seconds, beating teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla by 1.9 and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski by 3.2.
Oestberg also leads the overall World Cup standings by 36 points from Weng.
Despite finishing fourth in the men’s 15-kilometer race, Switzerland’s Dario Cologna stretched his lead in the Tour de Ski to 53 seconds over Sergey Ustiugov. The Russian was 28th in Oberstdorf.
Iversen won in 29:49.8, edging Norwegian teammate Sindre Bjoernestad Skar by 0.4 in a sprint. Italy’s Francesco de Fabiani was 0.9 behind in third. Cologna was 3.7 behind.
Heavy rain and strong winds forced the cancellation of the fourth stage on Wednesday, and athletes raced on a modified course on Thursday.
The tour continues with the sixth stage at Val di Fiemme in Italy on Saturday.