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Russia’s Nepryaeva hangs on to win Tour de Ski

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Natalia Nepryaeva became the first Russian woman to win the Tour de Ski by finishing fourth in the final stage of the prestigious cross-country event on Tuesday in Italy. Norway’s Heidi Weng won the final mass start stage over 10 kilometres in Val di Fiemme with the gruelling final climb up Alpe Cermis but neither she nor second-placed Swede Ebba Andersson were able to make up enough ground on Nepryaeva to steal the title. Nepryaeva finished 32.3 seconds behind Weng to win the Tour 46.7 seconds from Andersson and 1:07.7 minutes from the former two-time champion Weng. The 26-year-old was a Tour…

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