( dpa ) - Russian Nikolai Pankratow edged out three rivals by less than 1 second in a thrilling finish to the men's 2x15- kilometre double pursuit World Cup race Tuesday in Canmore, Alberta.
In the first World Cup event since this season's Tour de Ski, Pankratow finished in one hour, 16 minutes, 33.8 seconds on the Olympic course from the 1988 Calgary Games.
Italian Giorgio di Centa trailed by just four-10ths of a second. German Axel Teichman was two-10ths of a second behind in third place, winning in a photo finish over countryman Tobias Angerer with the same time.
Tuesday's races took place on a perfect course in crisp, minus 12- degree temperatures.
In the men's World Cup rankings after 17 of 31 events, Czech Lukas Bauer leads with 816 points, German Rene Sommerfeldt is second at 527 points and Norweigian Tor Arne Hetland is third at 515 points.
In the women's 2x7.5-kilometre double pursuit in the shadow of the picturesque Canadian Rockies, Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won in a time of 42 minutes, 30.3 seconds. Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva trailed by 15.9 seconds in second place, with compatriot Olga Rotsheva in third, 22.9 seconds out.
Sweden's Charlotte Kalla leads the World Cup standings with 795 points after 17 of 31 events. Finn Virpi Kuitunen is second with 705 points, with Italian Arianna Follis in third place with 641 points.