Kershaw skis to seventh on Tour

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

Two Canadian cross-country skiers finished in the top 10 in the Tour de Ski's overall standings Sunday.

Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., wound up seventh overall after placing 12th in the eighth and final stage at Val di Femme, Italy, and Alex Harvey of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., was 10th overall after a 20th-place showing.

In what was a coming-party of sorts, Kershaw wound up with four podium finishes in the Tour, including one gold and two silvers. He became the third Canadian male to win a World Cup race.

"It has been quite the journey," Kershaw said. "I still can't believe I hit the podium four times in one week. It is unbelievable. The fact I was able to take my carcass up the hill today is unreal.

"I'm pretty tired and I just can't wait to get home and see my friends and train at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It will be the perfect place to get ready for World Championships."

Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was the top Canadian in the final stage, finishing sixth in a time of 31 minutes, 15.4 seconds. Overall, Babikov was 21st.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the Tour de Ski with a combined time of 4:28:02.0. Kershaw was more than three minutes behind.

Canadian shoots to 20th

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Shannon, Que., was nearly flawless on the range as he battled to a 20th-place finish Sunday at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany.

Two-time Olympian Le Guellec, who missed just one shot in his last four trips to the range, posted a time of 41 minutes, 41.7 seconds in the 15-kilometre race.

"That was one heck of a hard race," he said. "The conditions were super soft and the snow was wet in places. I had nothing left in my legs, but it was a great day for shooting. I established a tactic in training yesterday that worked well today."

Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T., finished 25th in 41:11.1.

Tarjei Boe of Norway won the gold medal in 39:51.3 while Emil Hegle Svendsen took the silver in 39:53.7. Russia's Ivan Tcherezov was third in 39:55.4.

No Canadians qualified for the women's 12.5km race.

Fifth for Janyk

Michael Janyk of Whistler, B.C., posted a season-best fifth-place finish at the World Cup slalom event Sunday in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Janyk posted a two-run combined time of one minute, 52.50 seconds to finish 1.6 seconds behind winner Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Reinfried Herbst were second and third.

"The second run was a total battle," Janyk said. "I fought the whole way - nothing came easy. I really liked my push today. I just want to put that in the bank and keep it going."

Calgarians Brad Spence and Trevor White finished 17th and 20th. Sasha Zaitsoff of Nelson, B.C., making his World Cup debut, finished 47th in the first run and didn't quality for the second.

Canuck ninth in super-G

Despite an early start number, Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C., skied to a season-best ninth-place finish at the World Cup super-G race Sunday in Zauchensee, Austria.

Janyk, the second skier down the hill, finished in one minute, 14.26 seconds. The last time Janyk posted a top-10 finish on the World Cup circuit was last January when she was 10th in the downhill at Haus im Ennstal, Austria.

"My confidence is getting back to where it should be and we made adjustments to my equipment right after Lake Louise so I feel better on my skis," Janyk said. "We had good training in the past weeks and right now I just need to trust my skis, try to have fun and race hard."

Laura Gut of Switzerland won the gold in 1:12.82 while American Lindsey Vonn was second in 1:13.35. Swiss miss Dominique Gisin was third in 1:13.54.

Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., finished 30th while Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver was 35th.


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