Papadakis and Cizeron lead ice dance at European champs

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron closed in on a fifth consecutive European ice dance title with first safe 22 situation in the outlet rhythm dance on Friday.

Final 365 days’s Olympic silver medalists, Papadakis and Cizeron, tangoed to a ranking of 84.seventy nine functions, beating Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin into 2d safe 22 situation on 81.37.

Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were third on seventy nine.05.

The skilled Russians Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov hoped to instruct for medals but dropped to fifth after Katsalapov fell.

The competition finishes on Saturday with the free dance.

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