This Thursday, during the first race of the Oberhof World Cup, Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin-Habert grabbed the second place of the ladies relay. The two Rossignol’s biathletes share this first podium of the year 2013 with Anais Bescond and Sophie Boilley. Marie-Laure Brunet started in the first relay and fell down just after the start. But their teammates were very strong and managed the race until the end. France finished 2nd between Ukraine and Germany with four penalties and in bad weather conditions (fog, rain and wind).
Riders in this news : Alexander LEGKOV
STAGE 1: OBERHOF, PROLOGUE
Men (4 km)
It’s the first podium in the Tour de Ski Prologue for Alexander Legkov (Rossignol). The Russian was in good shape: “I felt very good today. The course was not that icy like yesterday. I felt very good during the prologue. I will think about the plan for tomorrow's pursuit in the evening but there are many good skiers out there. I have to focus on my skiing tomorrow and find my way out of the pack.”
1. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) 8:28.7
2. Marcus Hellner (SWE) +6.1
3. Alexander Legkov (RUS) +7.2
Women (3 km)
1. Kikkan Randall (USA)
2. Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
3. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
STAGE 2: OBERHOF, PURSUIT
Men (15 km)
New podium for Alexander Legkov (Rossignol) in the Pursuit! He finishes 2nd after a sprint with his teammate Maxim Vylegzhanin.
1. Maxim Vylegzhanin RUS 39:47.0
2. Alexander Legkov RUS +0.1
3. Petter Northug Jr. NOR +6.5
FIS TOUR DE SKI OVERALL STANDING
1. Maxim Vylegzhanin RUS 47:45.7
2. Alexander Legkov RUS +5.1
3. Petter Northug Jr. NOR +16.5
Women (9 km)
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
2. Therese Johaug (NOR)
3. Anne Kylloenen (FIN)
STAGE 3: VAL MÜSTAIR (SUI) , SPRINT
1. Finn Haagen Krogh NOR
2. Federico Pellegrino ITA +1.1
3. Len Valjas CAN +1.7
FIS TOUR DE SKI OVERALL STANDING MEN (TOTAL TIME)
1. Maxim Vylegzhanin RUS 50:27.3
2. Dario Cologna SUI +2.1
3. Petter Northug Jr. NOR +9.0
1. Kikkan Randall USA
2. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg NOR +8.8
3. Heidi Weng NOR +10.6
FIS TOUR DE SKI OVERALL STANDING LADIES (TOTAL TIME)
1. Justyna Kowalczyk POL 35:08.0
2. Therese Johaug NOR +50.3
3. Kristin Stoermer Steira NOR +1:00.9
Two podiums for Martin Fourcade, one for Tim Burke, the Team Rossignol has still shown nice things in Pokljuka in Slovenia. Fourcade ends the year with the yellow bib of leader.
Sprint: 3rd place for Martin Fourcade (FRA)
"I have been away from home since November 2, raced two cross-country races and all of the biathlon competitions so far. I am tired. Generally, I am not very good at the end of December, but will in better shape in early January. Still, I am pleased to be on the podium here. In other years, I have always been sick."
Pursuit: 3rd place for Martin Fourcade (FRA)
"Even though I am tired, I am quite proud of my six podiums this season. Emil and I did the perfect race for the first three stages. In the final stage, I was more focused on him than on my shooting and missed two shots."
Mass Start: 3rd for Tim Burke (USA)
"I felt the best today that I have all season...It took almost all of last year to come back from my compartment surgery and regain my confidence that I was as fast as before...I am very happy to back up here."
Riders in this news : Marie DORIN-HABERT
It’s the first podium of the season for Marie Dorin-Habert but also for the French Team. The Rossi’s biathlete signs a 19/20 on shooting and grabs the 3rd rank. It’s the fifth podium of her career. Here is her reaction after the race: "I am happy to be here. I think our whole team improved in shooting this year, so I think we will have more good results this season."
For Marie-Laure Brunet it’s a little bit complicated: “I quit the sprint. I am not in good form. I don't know why. I will make some medical exams when I come back in France.”
3. Marie Dorin-Habert
Good results for Team Rossignol in Québec! During the sprint, Ida Ingemarsdotter signs the first podium of her season with a 3rd place. Teodor Petterson, winner of the small globe of the Sprint last year, ends second after a photo finish.
Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE): “In the last lap I knew something was happening. I watched for my position. I am very satisfied with my third place. It is a good start of the season for me.”
Teodor Petterson (SWE): “Last year we had couple of city sprints and this one was one of the best. The course was very good and crowds made the competitions special. We skiers would like to experience the atmosphere of Québec again. The tactics are different in each competition. Today I skied little behind and it worked fine for me.”
Ladies 1.6 km Free Sprint
1. Kikkan Randall USA
2. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
3. Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE)
Men 1.6 km Free Sprint
1. Emil Joensson (SWE)
2. Teodor Petterson (SWE)
3. Alexey Petukhov (RUS)
Friday, Nikita Krioukov with his Russian teammate ended second of the Team Sprint.
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