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Canadian comes 25th in cross-country World Cup race

Devon Kershaw of Ontario was the top Canadian in the inaugural cross-country Tour de Ski race in Germany on Tuesday.

Ontarian Devon Kershaw was the top Canadian in the inaugural cross-country Tour de Ski race in Germany on Tuesday.

Kershaw, who is from Sudbury, finished 25th in the men's double pursuit race, covering the 20 kilometres in51 minutes and 48.6 seconds.

In double pursuit, the first half is raced in classical style and the final half in freestyle.

Vincent Vittoz of France won the race in 50:55.9. Alexander Legkov of Russia was 0.9 seconds behind and Tobias Angerer of Germany finished third, 2.5 seconds back.

"It was a difficult day, and we had to battle extremely tough conditions including hurricane winds, rain and snow," said Dave Wood, the head coach of the Canadian cross-country team.

"We had some challenges finding the right skis today, but we have another race tomorrow and we'll learn from it."

In other Canadian men'sresults:

  • Drew Goldsack of Red Deer, Alta., was 38th at 52:18.2.
  • George Grey of Rossland, B.C., was 52nd (53:24.1).
  • Stefan Kuhn of Canmore, Alta., was 59th (53:54.2).
  • Sean Crooks of Thunder Bay, Ont., was 74th (56:37.9).
  • Dan Roycroft of Port Sydney, Ont., was 76th (57:51.3).

In the 10-kilometre women's double pursuit, Daria Gaiazova of Montreal was the top Canadian, finishing 44th with a time of 31:30.2.

Kristin Steira of Norway won with a time of 29 minutes 27.6 seconds. Valentina Shevchenko of Ukraine was second, 13.3 seconds behind, while Olga Savialova of Russia finished third, 17.2 seconds off the pace.

Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont., finished in 51st (32:44.1), Chandra Crawford of Canmore, Alta., was 52nd (32:50.0) and Amanda Ammar of Onoway, Alta., was 56th (33:40.9).

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