In the Sprint of Nove Mesto, the Norwegian Eckhoff wins again over the German Herrmann, Dorothea flawless shooting
Dorothea Wierer regains the podium, taken the last time before the World Cup. The queen of biathlon, in Nove Mesto is third in the 7.5 km Sprint, 10 “5 from the unstoppable Norwegian Tirill Eckhoff (who wins the Sprint for the sixth time in 18’11” 1) despite a mistake, and the German Denise Herrmann at 6 ”1, as flawless as the blue shot. Lisa Vittozzi ruins everything in the first series with 3 errors and pays a gap of 1’24 “7 closing in 28th place, while no Pursuit tomorrow for Michela Carrara, Federica Sanfilippo and Irene Lardschneider, respectively in 75th, 87th and 92nd place.
A podium for the financier from Anterselva, the fourth in the season and with a specialty cup such as the Individual, which still allows her to fight for the third final place (she is fifth without considering the gaps with 734 points behind Eckoff 983, the another Norwegian Roeiseland 870, the Swedish Hanna Oeberg 815, the German Preuss 755, in the fourth race behind the blue) in view of the next races of a season that will end in a week in Sweden, in Ostersund. “I finally found zero, it’s a podium that gives me confidence” said the blue who won the last two absolute World Cups, holds out, suffers, reacts. There is always. Dorothea can still increase in today’s Pursuit, as well as Lukas Hofer, in the male, who has also returned from the podium in Thursday’s Sprint and who celebrated the long-awaited podium with a dedicated cake. On Saturday, however, two fifth places in the Pursuit for both Dorothea Wierer and Lukas Hofer. Absolute and specialty World Cup for the unstoppable Norwegian Eckhoff.
From biathlon to cross-country skiing. The World Cup on narrow skis for the pandemic is granted the last two tests in the Engadine: on Saturday with a 15 km in men’s classic technique and a 10 km in women’s classic technique, on Sunday with a 50 km in men’s free technique a 30 km in women’s free technique. After the disappointing World Cup, Italy is looking for a start again thanks to Federico Pellegrino, committed to defending the 3rd place in the final overall standings. The Valle d’Aosta Olympic silver and fresh winner of the second Sprint Specialty Cup, is third with 613 points behind the Russians Alexander Bolshunov with 1613 and Ivan Yakimushkin with 774. To contend with Chicco for the final podium will be the French Maurice Manificat (588) and the Russians Andrey Melnichenko (586) and Evgeniy Belov (586). “As the last dates have been reformulated, passing from a sprint to a 15 km mass start and from a 50 km time trial to a 50 km pursuit, the goal becomes quite difficult – explains Pelelgrino -. But they are two races on man, I will try to stay as hooked as possible to my direct opponents, hoping that the high altitude (about 1800 meters above sea level, ed.) Will favor me, even if it is distance races. The sensations are decent even if we are in the final stages of the season, we begin to face Saturday with the right spirit, then we will think about Sunday which will certainly not be a walk in the park “. With the former world champion in the race there will be Francesco De Fabiani, Giandomenico Salvadori, Stefano Gardener, Caterina Ganz, Anna Comarella and Francesca Franchi. In the men’s 15 km the Russian Bolshunov wins over the Norwegian Klaebo, while Federico Pellegrino 30th remains 3rd in the general at 614 against 613 points the Klaebos on the eve of Sunday’s 50 km which will close the season and will develop on the basis of the gaps accumulated on Saturday . The best blue of the day was Francesco De Fabiani, 24th. Among the women, the 10 km is of the Russian Yulia Stupak, who exploits the absence of the last moment of the Norwegian Therese Johaug (wrist problem) to win over the other Norwegian Heidi Weng and the Swede Ebba Andersson. Twentieth position for Anna Comarella. Last Sunday of the season with the 30 and 50 km free technique and with the gaps accumulated in Saturday’s races.
March 12, 2021 (change March 13, 2021 | 18:38)
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Wierer regains the podium: hunting for third place in the World Cup