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Davos X-C: Kuitunen, Svartedal win; Canada's Renner 2nd

Davos X-C: Kuitunen, Svartedal win; Canada’s Renner 2nd{mosimage}DAVOS, Switzerland – Wendy Wagner was the top U.S. finisher in 27th at Sunday’s 10-kilometer classical cross-country World Cup in Switzerland.

Virpi Kuitunen of Finland won the race in 27:58.8. She was followed by Canadian Sara Renner in second (28:30.6) and Slovenian Petra Majdic in third (28:34.9).

Wagner’s time of 30:21.5 was good for 27th.

In the men’s 15 km, Norway’s Arne Jens Svartedal won in 37:54.9, ahead of second-place finisher Martin Tauber of Austria (38:15.8) and French skier Vincent Vittoz, who was third (38:18.5).

The top American man was Andrew Johnson, who placed 54th with a time of 40:19.8.

– USSA

Cross-country World Cup results
Davos, Switzerland – Feb. 5, 2006

Men’s 15 km classical
1. Arne Jens Svartedal, Norway, 37:54.9
2. Martin Tauber, Austria, 38:15.8
3. Vincent Vittoz, France, 38:18.5
4. Bjoern-Odd Hjelmeset, Norway, 38:19.2
5. Mathias Fredriksson, Sweden, 38:24.0
U.S. athletes
54. Andrew Johnson, Park City, Utah, 40:19.8
57. James Southam, Anchorage, Alaska, 40:27.2
64. Kris Freeman, Andover, N.H., 40:52.2
70. Carl Swenson, Park City, Utah, 41:09.7

Women’s 10 km classical
1. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 27:58.8
2. Sara Renner, Canada, 28:30.6
3. Petra Majdic, Slovenia, 28:34.9
4. Beckie Scott, Canada, 28:41.9
5. Valentina Shevchenko, Ukraine, 28:45.3
U.S. finishers
27. Wendy Wagner, Park City, Utah, 30:21.5
39. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska, 30:54.4
47. Rebecca Dussault, Gunnison, Colo., 31:47.5

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