The Associated Press - Sunday Jan. 19, 2014 13:28 ET

Martin Fourcade leads France to biathlon relay victory in Italy

Women's race cancelled due to heavy fog

Martin Fourcade led team France to a biathlon relay win in Austria on Sunday. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press)

Biathlon World Cup leader Martin Fourcade led France to its first relay victory of the season on Sunday in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.

In the final meet before the Sochi Olympics, the French team of brothers Martin and Simon Fourcade along with Alexis Boeuf and Jean-Guillaum Beatrix crossed the line in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 34.1 seconds.

Sweden was second, 2.6 seconds slower, with Germany taking bronze after finishing 38.8 seconds behind France in the 4x7.5-kilometre event.

Martin Fourcade and Sweden's Carl Johan Bergman had reached the last shooting range level but the Frenchman shot quicker before charging to victory.

Canada's team of Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Scott Perras, Brendan Green and Nathan Smith finished in sixth place.

The women's race was cancelled after heavy fog descended during the second leg. The fog also delayed the start of the men's event.

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