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Roenning, Kuitunen Win Italian CL Races

Thu, Dec  14, 2006 - By US Ski Team

COGNE, Italy (Dec. 13) - Men's World Cup leader Eldar Roenning of Norway padded his points lead Wednesday by winning a 15K classic technique race while Finn Virpi Kuitunen took the women's World Cup lead by winning a 10K CL race. No Americans raced.

In races postponed from Sunday because of poor snow conditions, and run on a 2.5K loop, Roenning - skiing last in the field of 89 - overtook teammate Tor Arne Hetland in the final stretch to win by 3.6 seconds in 39:05.0. The top eight racers were 10.1 seconds apart. Kuitunen led all the way to win by more than a half-minute in 26:44.5; previous - and defending - World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen of Norway never got rolling and finished 17th.

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