Jessie Diggins leads historic U.S. 1-2 in cross-country skiing World Cup

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Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan notched the first-ever U.S. one-two in a World Cup women’s cross-country race on Sunday.

Diggins, the 2018 Olympic team sprint champion with now-retired Kikkan Randall, won a 10km freestyle pursuit in Val Mustair, Switzerland, as part of the annual Tour de Ski.

Brennan, the World Cup overall standings leader, was 5.6 seconds back. Full results are here.

Diggins and Brennan started 19 and 22 seconds, respectively, behind Swedish sprinter Linn Svahn. They broke away from another Swede, Frida Karlsson, on the last 2.5km lap.

“I kept thinking every lap I’m going to get dropped,” Diggins said. “I was just hanging on by a thread.”

Diggins, after earning a surprise World Cup podium in a classic race Saturday, earned her first win since Feb. 16, 2019, on Sunday. She leads the Tour de Ski standings through three of eight stages.

Brennan, who won back-to-back World Cup races last month, extended her World Cup overall points lead while the dominant Norwegians have been sitting out races amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The World Cup and Tour de Ski continue with a 10km freestyle in Toblach, Italy, on Tuesday (live on Peacock Premium).

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