Tim Burke, still

11/Jan/2010

Tim Burke, still

Riders in this news :  Tim BURKE

Biathlon World Cup, Oberhof (Ger):
Tim Burke, 2nd in the Mass-Start, keeps the yellow bib of the Overall World Cup leader!
Season’s first podium for Carl Johan Bergman in the Sprint!

A great week-end for our Biathlon team in Oberhof!
Yesterday, American Tim Burke signed his 3rd podium of the season, taking 2nd place in the 15 km mass-start competed in Oberhof (Ger)!
A good performance which allows him to keep the lead in the Overall World Cup ranking with an advance of 3 points. Note that this is the first time that an American is leading on the Tour!
With 2 faults in shooting, Tim admitted that he made a strategic race to have a chance to get the podium, particularly with the weather conditions and the fog.
“In these kinds of competitions, strategy is important. I stayed back, skiing behind the group, just relaxing in the early parts.”
“It was super rough on that final standing stage. I think that it helped that I trained here in the fog several times over the past three weeks. I had some idea of what you need to do in these conditions. I slowed down my cadence a little bit and some others did not. I was taking it shot to shot. It would have been very easy to shoot normally and suddenly have three penalties, so I just shot one shot at a time”.

A good week end also for Swede Carl Johan Bergman who clinched his season’s first podium with a 3rd place in the 10 km Sprint scheduled last Saturday!
Being the only racer who made a clean shooting, Carl Johan was even more proud of this result!
“Not bad; it was really a step forward for me. Today I was focused on the shooting range and had some luck on the shooting range. I did not care about the weather. The officials decided that we would do the competition and as athletes, we have to take what we get, so it was okay. I feel good about where this puts me. I will compete next week in Ruhpolding and then go back to Sweden to get ready for the Olympics.”

Note also the good result of the Rossignol team in the Team events, with 4 racers on the podiums.
German Martina Beck took 2nd place in the women’s relay ahead of the French Team in 3rd place with Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin.
In the men’s relay, Martin Fourcade climbed the 2nd step of the podium with the French Team.

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