Angerer, Longa Win World Cup Cross-Country Ski Races

DEMINO, Moscow Region — Tobias Angerer of Germany won the men's 15-kilometer freestyle, mass-start cross-country ski race Friday for his first World Cup victory this season.
 
Marianna Longa also had her first win of the season, leading an Italian 1-2 finish in the women's 10-kilometer race.
 
Angerer took a narrow lead with 1.6 kilometers left in the race and beat Jean Marc Gaillard of France by 0.7 seconds at the ski stadium on a bank of the frozen Volga river in the Yaroslav region, about 300 kilometers north of Moscow.
 
"I've been waiting for this victory for two years," Angerer said. "I was sick in December, but now my confidence is back."
 
Sergei Dolidovich of Belarus was third, one second behind the winner.
 
Dario Cologna of Switzerland, who finished 2 seconds back for tenth, leads the overall World Cup standings with 906 points after 20 of 33 races. Petter Northug of Norway is second with 698 points, followed by Germany's Axel Teichmann with 649.
 
In the women's race, Longa was 2.1 seconds behind Arianna Follis at the 8.4-kilometer mark, but edged her teammate by 0.4 seconds at the finish line.
 
"It's a dream — my dream has become reality," Longa said.
 
Stefanie Boehler of Germany was another 1.2 seconds back in third.
 
Overall World Cup leader Aino Kaisa Saarinen of Finland finished eighth but stayed on top in the overal standings with 1,170 points. Petra Majdic of Slovenia is second with 1,054, followed by Virpi Kuitunen of Finland with 1,045.
 
The event continues with Saturday's sprint races and the pursuit on Sunday.