Tough day for Canadian cross-country skiers at the Canmore World Cup

Canadian cross-country skiers had a difficult start to competition on Friday at the Cross Country World Cup in Canmore, Alberta. In both the men's and women's races, the Maple Leaf representatives crossed the finish line well behind the cross-country skiers, who climbed onto the podium in the 15 km mass start

In the men's race we were able to record a Norwegian double victory, as Simen Hegstad Krueger finished the ride in 36 minutes, 6 seconds and 5/10, just ahead of his compatriot Harald Oestberg Amundsen (36:16.3).

Austrian Mika Vermeulen (36:16.8) was the runner on the final step of the podium after finishing his race just half a second behind Amundsen.

For his part, Quebec's Antoine Cyr, 16th in the overall World Cup standings, showed a performance below his own standards and had to settle for 37th place.

I don't want to hide it from you, I'm not taking part in the World Championships to finish 37th. It really wasn't a good day. It's disappointing to come here and perform so sub-parlyhe confided resignedly.

Darren Pena

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