World Cup leader Therese Johaug leads from start to finish

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LAHTI, Finland (AP) World Cup leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby skied a tactically clever race to win the 15 by 15 kilometer skiathlon classic and free styles Sunday at the Lahti Ski Games.

Sundby finished in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds, leading a Norwegian five-man sweep. Finn Haagen Krogh took second, 4.9 seconds behind, and Hans Christer Holund was third, eight seconds back. Didrik Toenseth and Niklas Dyrhaug finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Earlier, Therese Johaug of Norway led from the start of the 7.5 by 7.5 skiathlon to outclass the opposition and complete her 15th cross-country World Cup win this season.

Another Norwegian, Heidi Weng, was the only athlete who came anywhere near matching Johaug's pace from the start, but was still 16.8 seconds behind at the halfway point. She finished 1:05.5 behind.

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg completed a Norwegian triple on the podium, 1:31.9 behind.

Frenchman Maurice Manificat dictated the pace for two thirds of the men's race, picking up bonus points before falling to sixth in the end - beaten by five Norwegians.

Petter Northug, always a potential winner, fell out of contention early in the freestyle skiing and finished 16th.

Sundby led from the start, feeling his way in the classic style, but had a mishap with a fall after which he was content to ski in the pack led by Manificat until the final kilometers.

''I had hoped to do a bit more work in the lead, but after my crash in the classic I needed to recover a bit,'' said Sundby, who attacked the last longer uphill before going all out in the downhill.

Sundby moved closer to a third consecutive World Cup overall title, leading with 1,960 points. Krogh is second with 1,256 points and Northug has 1,108.