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Germany wins cross country team sprint

Updated: March 18, 2006, 3:06 AM ET
Associated Press

SAPPORO, Japan -- Olympic silver medalist Claudia Kuenzel led Germany to victory Saturday in a World Cup cross country team sprint race.

Kuenzel and teammate Evi Sachenbacher Stehle had a winning time of 14 minutes, 11.5 seconds in the six-kilometer race on the Shirahatayama course.

Ritta Liisa Lassila and Pirjo Manninen of Finland finished second, 14.4 seconds back. Britta Norgren and Anna Karin Stroemstedt of Sweden were third.

Kuenzel opened up a ...

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