(Planica, Slovenia) Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan has won his second 15 km classic competition of the season and his career 7th victory in that event. With his win today he ties the legendary Gunde Svan of Sweden for the most wins (7) in the 15 km classic competition. He previously won this season in Val di Fiemme during the Tour de Ski in 6 January 2018. In second place was Overall World Cup leader Johannes Hoesflot Klaeboof Norway +13.2 second back. In third place was Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson +42.8. It was Halfvarsson's first World Cup podium this season.
Calle Halfvarsson SWE
This result feels really good today. When you go so long without a good result you start to doubt yourself. With my fall yesterday I didn't get to see how it would go in the sprint but I am very happy with today's result and how I felt.
It was a very hard course. I had great skis on the downhills but was a bit light for kick on the climbs. Polto was so fast from 12 km and I couldn't match his pace.
Alexey Poltoranin KAZ
I am really happy to win. This is a good course for me and I had very good skis and want to say thank you to my service team.
MEN 15 km C
1. POLTORANIN Alexey 1987 KAZ 36:54.7
2. KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot 1996 NOR +13.2
3. HALFVARSSON Calle 1989 SWE +42.8
4. IVERSEN Emil 1991 NOR +54.7
5. KIRILLOV Ivan 1996 RUS +56.5
OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot NOR 1012 pts
2. BOLSHUNOV Alexander RUS 710
3. CHERVOTKIN Alexey RUS 467