Canadaâ€™s Devon Kershaw finished just outside of the top 10 on Saturday in the third stage of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The 29-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., made it to the semifinals of the classic-sprint race but failed to advance in part because of what Kershaw felt was a questionable move by Switzerlandâ€™s Dario Cologna, who cut off the two-time Olympian on the second climb up the 1.2-kilometre track.
â€œI am feeling in great shape and my skis were fast, but I was cut off on the second hill. Simple as that,â€� said Kershaw. â€œIâ€™m 11th and Iâ€™m not happy.â€�
Russians claimed the top four spots in the final, with Nikita Kriukov claiming the gold medal, Alexey Petukhov grabbing the silver and Nikolay Morilov bronze. Dmitry Japarov was fourth.
Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., failed to make it to the semifinals and finished 17th, while Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., did not qualify for the heats and was 81st.
Petter Northug of Norway continues to lead the overall standings with a time of 47 minutes two seconds despite finishing sixth on Saturday. He leads Cologna by 4.8 seconds and Japarov by 14.1 seconds. Kershaw is fourth, 36.7 seconds behind the leader.
On the womenâ€™s side, defending champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won her third race in as many days, edging out Norwegians Marit Bjoergen and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen at the finish line.
Kowalczyk leads the overall standings in 33:39.2 as she vies for her third Tour de Ski title. Bjoergen is next, 22.2 seconds behind, while Norwayâ€™s Therese Johaug is third (+1:01.4).
No Canadian women are entered in this yearâ€™s event.
The next race in the Tour de Ski, a nine-stage, 100-kilometre event modelled after cyclingâ€™s Tour de France, takes place Sunday. The event is held over 11 days and ends Jan. 8 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.