Eigenmann, Bjorgen capture Tour de Ski races

Updated: December 31, 2006, 10:32 AM ET
Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany -- Christoph Eigenmann of Switzerland and Marit Bjorgen of Norway won the first races Sunday at the new Tour de Ski.

The overall winner of the six races in the cross-country event will get 400 World Cup points.

Eigenmann finished the 1.2-kilometer freestyle race in 2 minutes, 04.9 seconds to edge out Devon Kershaw of Canada by 1.4 seconds. Roddy Darragon of France was 2.6 back in third.

Bjorgen won the women's 0.8-kilometer freestyle race in 1:35.1. Arianna Follis of Italy was second and Chandra Crawford of Canada was third, both finishing 1.1 seconds behind.

The event was held in Munich's 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

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