French man, Norwegian woman win second of six legs

Updated: January 2, 2007, 11:33 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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