Germany, Norway win relays at World Cup ski meet

Updated: November 19, 2006, 11:40 AM ET
Associated Press

GALLIVARE, Sweden -- Germany won the men's 4x10 kilometer mixed style relay Sunday and Norway led from start to finish to win the women's 4x5K event at a World Cup cross country ski meet.

Tobias Angerer, the defending individual World Cup champion, made the decisive break for Germany on the third leg, when skiers switched to the freestyle technique.

The German quartet finished in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 35.9 seconds. Jens Filbrich and Franz Goring skied the first two classic style legs, while Axel Teichmann was anchor. Russia finished second in 1:31:00.5 and the Czech Republic third in 1:31:13.2. The United States was 18th.

Biathlete great Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who won the individual 15K Saturday, was nearly a minute behind when he took over on the third leg for Norway. But he was only 6.4 seconds behind third place at the finish as Norway finished fourth.

Marit Bjorgen, who won the women's overall title last season, had a dominant anchor leg for Norway, which won in 50:44.9.

Vibeke Skofterud, Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen -- at 42 the oldest world class cross country skier -- and Kristin Stormer Steira skied the first three legs for Norway. Germany was second in 50:54.2 and Finland third in 51:11.7. The U.S. women were 19th.

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