Martin Fourcade won his 42nd biathlon World Cup event on Wednesday, overcoming one shooting error and tough snowy conditions in the 20-kilometre event in Ruhpolding, Germany.

The Frenchman won by a comfortable 17.5 seconds over Simon Eder of Austria. Anton Shipulin of Russia was 28.9 seconds behind in third. Eder and Shipulin also had one error each in the four shootings.

With his fifth win of the season, Fourcade extended his overall World Cup lead. He now has 601 points. Tarjei Boe of Norway is second with 438 points after finishing 11th in Wednesday's race. He had two misses.

Fourcade, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion, is seeking a record fifth straight overall World Cup title.

The top Canadian finisher was Brendan Green, who finished 18th, just over three minutes behind Fourcade. 

Four other Canadians participated in the event, with Christian Gow placing 46th, Nathan Smith 51st, Macx Davies 52nd and Scott Gow 100th.

With files from CBC Sports