Sergey Ustiugov and Heidi Weng keep hold of Ski Tour Canada leads

Sergey Ustiugov earned his fourth consecutive podium of the Ski Tour Canada, to consolidate his position as Tour leader after stage four in Quebec City.
The 23-year-old Russian extended his Tour lead in the 15km free technique pursuit competition with a bonus to 22.7 seconds over Petter Northug Jr. of Norway.
Northug skied half of the competition with his team-mate Emil Iversen, but tried to make up some time on Ustiugov on the second part of the course.
In the end he slipped back even further with Iversen hanging on for third place 1:02.2 minutes off Northug.
World Cup Overall leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway recorded the fastest time of the day (34:08.9) but still sits over two minutes back in the Tour standings.
“It was a very hard race today,” said Ustiugov. “I was little bit afraid that Northug and Iversen are coming closer.
“I am happy I could keep the pace high and that I could go for victory. I picked up some bonus seconds and that is good as well.”
Meanwhile in the ladies 10km competition, Heidi Weng of Norway had her lead cut to just 5.1 seconds by team-mate Therese Johaug ahead of stage five.
Having began the day just 11 seconds ahead of her teammate, Johaug quickly closed the time gap and moved into the lead, but Weng was able to match her pace and out-sprint Johaug into the finish by just 0.1 seconds.
And with 15, ten, and five second bonuses given to the top three at the finish, Weng kept hold of the bib.
She said: “It was a very good race. When Therese caught me she had a very high speed and I tried to stay with her.
“It was amazing to follow her. On the last hill I knew I was strong in the last metres. But it was very close. It is fun to win.”
In third place was another Norwegian, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, who will be 1:05.2 seconds back as the Tour now moves to Canmore for stages five to eight.

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