Russia's Alexander Bolshunov extended his lead in the 2021 Tour de Ski after storming to victory in the 15km pursuit in Toblach as he moved a step closer to defending his crown.
The 24-year-old topped an all-Russian podium to claim his fourth consecutive stage victory, finishing in 34:32.9 to beat nearest rival Ivan Yakimushkin by 55.5 seconds.
Evgeniy Belov completed the podium after crossing the line in 35:28.5, missing out on second place to compatriot Yakimushkin by the slimmest of margins in Italy.
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Russia also claimed fourth and fifth position, with Alexey Chervotkin and Andrey Melnichenko finishing in 35:29.7 and 35:31.6, respectively, as they just missed out on the medals.
Bolshunov's triumph increased his lead in the Tour de Ski standings to 2:06 over compatriot Artem Maltsev, who could only finish in eighth in Toblach after crossing in 35:45.0.
France's Maurice Manificat trails Bolshunov by 2:09 in the overall standings, having gained ground on Maltsev in second by finishing in sixth in a time of 35:34.3.
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