Kikkan Randall falls just shy in sprint
MILAN -- Sweden's Ida Ingemarsdotter won an individual World Cup cross-country race for the first time Saturday, beating Sprint Cup leader Kikkan Randall of the United States by 0.2 seconds.
In the men's race, Norway's Eirik Brandsal took advantage of a mistake by Russia's Alexey Petukhov to capture a freestyle sprint at Parco Sempione.
Randall was clearly tired after last Sunday's grueling climb up Mount Cermis. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla was third, 1.3 seconds behind Ingemarsdotter.
Brandsal finished ahead of Germany's Josef Wenzl by 0.2 seconds, crossing the line in front of the famous Castello Sforza. Teodor Peterson of Sweden was 0.3 seconds back in third. Petukhov, who leads the Sprint Cup standings, finished fifth after falling during the home straightaway of the 1.4-kilometer course.
Many who competed in the Tour de Ski, which finished last weekend, skipped the Milan event. Among them were World Cup leader Dario Cologna and second-place Petter Northug.
The top three in the women's World Cup standings -- Marit Bjoergen, Justyna Kowalczyk and Therese Johaug -- did not take part, preferring to rest after the Tour de Ski.
This is the first time since 1998 that Milan has hosted World Cup cross-country skiing.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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