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French man, Norwegian woman win second of six legs

1/2/2007

OBERSTDORF, Germany -- Vincent Vittoz of France and Kristin
Steira of Norway won races on Tuesday at the inaugural
cross-country Tour de Ski.

Vittoz finished the men's double pursuit race, which covers 20
kilometers, in 50 minutes, 55.9 seconds. In double pursuit, the
first half is raced in classical style and the final half in
freestyle.

Alexander Legkov of Russia was 0.9 seconds behind and Tobias
Angerer of Germany finished third, 2.5 seconds back.

Steira skied the 10 kilometer women's double pursuit in 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.

The Tour de Ski was scheduled with an unprecedented eight races
in 10 days, but the opening two races in Nove Mesto, Czech
Republic, were canceled because of lack of snow. Instead, the tour
began in Munich on Dec. 31. The overall winner of the six-race
series will earn 400 World Cup points.

Steira's win put her atop the rankings after two of six events,
ahead of Marit Bjoergen, also of Norway, who won the Munich race.

Simen Oestensen of Norway leads the men's overall rankings,
followed by Vittoz.