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Hochfilzen : Fourcade makes the job

Riders in this news :  Martin FOURCADE

What a weekend for Martin Fourcade! The Rossignol’s biathlete climbed three times on the podium in Hochfilzen (Austria) with a second place in the Sprint and the Relay and a third rank during the Pursuit.

Martin Fourcade continues his good beginning of season. In Hochfilzen, the biathlete of Rossignol Team, ends second with one penalty and just four-tenths-of-a-second behind Andreas Birnbacher. Slovenia’s Jakov Fak finishes third.

I was well informed. It was not an advantage to be behind Andi today. I was just ahead with a kilometer to go, but then lost a small amount of time by the finish. I am still happy that I finished second, but sad about such a small gap between us”, explains the four time World Champion.

During the pursuit, Birnbacher and Fourcade were closed but it’s Jakov Fak who claimed the first World Cup win of his career ahead of Dimitry Malyshko and Martin Fourcade (3 penalties). He signs his 4th podium in five races. “Even with three penalties, I still wanted to go for the win.”, said Fourcade after his podium and before the relay.

On Sunday, during the relay, Martin Fourcade and his Rossi’s teammate Jean-Guillaume Béatrix take the second place. With Alexis Boeuf, they have honoured the last race of Vincent Jay, the 2010 Olympic Champion. 

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Fourcade the boss, Leguellec first World Cup Win

Riders in this news :  Jean-Philippe LEGUELLEC  ; Martin FOURCADE


What a week inOestersund for the Team Rossignol! Wednesday, during the Individual 20km, Martin Fourcade won the 15th victory of his career. He showed to his opponents that his bad result in Cross Country World Cup was a far memory and that he was always the boss. “I’m really happy to begin the season by a victory and to preserve my yellow bib!

The story wasn’t so good for Martin on Saturday, 10th of the sprint because of the wind and a 7/10 on the shooting. The Team Rossignol could look to Jean-Philippe Leguellec! The Canadian realized a 10/10 on shooting and won his first career victory in World Cup. His previous best ever result was a sixth place finish in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic sprint.

I am surprised; it was a great ski day. But there are still a lot more people to finish, before I can celebrate…I felt a lot better today than in the 20K; I was still jet-lagged and felt atrocious. I was just trying to stay focused on skiing and stay relaxed. In shooting, there was window of opportunity on a tough day and took advantage…Until the last split, the coaches just kept saying that I was doing good. So I was a bit surprised when they told me found out on the last lap that I was first.

On Sunday, Martin Fourcade returned to the top of the podium as he won the men’s 12.5km pursuit, with only one penalty. He ended the race with a victorious sprint against Andreas Birnbacher. The Russian Anton Shipulin finished third.

 “I really like this situation: one-against-one. It was a really hard battle…Today I was really exhausted in the final loop. But I really wanted to win and was able to get ahead at the finish. I have always been in the top 10 here in every competition and won four times. I think maybe I should buy a house!”, laughed Martin Fourcade after his race.

Next stage will take place in Hochfilzen (Austria). 

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Kuusamo : Victories of Krioukov and Legkov!

Riders in this news :  Alexander LEGKOV  ; Nikita KRIUKOV


Day 1

Nikita Kriukov (RUS) stole victory from Petter Northug (NOR) as he out sprinted the Norwegian on the finishing straight. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) claimed third place.

Nikita Kriukov (RUS): I feel very good. I was fast in the qualification but quarterfinal was difficult for me. On the last climb I did not have that much power. But semifinal and final was easier for me. I knew that Petter was very strong in the last uphill. When I saw him I tried to beat him. Tonight I fly to Canada.

Men Classic Sprint
1. Nikita Kriukov (RUS)
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR)
3. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR)

Day 2
Despite the frigid temperatures today, Russia's Alexander Legkov held on to win the 10km free technique in Kuusamo ahead of Norway's Petter Northug and the French Maurice Magnificat.

Alexander Legkov (RUS): In Kuusamo is alway good to me.  I have good shape.  It was very cold, which is Russian tradition for good racing.  I am better in skating but when in good shape then it's no problem for me classic or skate”.

Men 10 km Free Individual Start
1. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 21:52.8
2. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) +6.8
3. Maurice Manificat (FRA) +7.9

Standings Ruka Triple After Stage 2
1. Petter Northug (NOR)
2. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) +40.0 sec
3. Alexander Legkov +53.2 sec

Day 3
No racers of Team Rossignol on the podium today. But we have seen nice things during this Mini-Tour in Kuusamo with the two victories of Krioukov and Legkov. Here are the final results of Ruka Triple after Stage 3.

1. Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) 41:38.3
2. Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) +1.4
3. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) +3.4

Next stage will take place in Quebec (Canada).



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Riders in this news :  Michal ŠLESINGR  ; Olga ZAYTSEVA


The first stage of the World Cup took place in Oestersund in Sweden with the mixed relay. Here are the results and the scheduled of next week.

1-RUSSIA: Olga Zaitzeva (Rossignol), Olga Vilukhina, Alexey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov
2-NORWAY: Tora Berger, Synnoeve Solemdal, Erlend Bjoentegaard, Emil Svendsen
3-CZECH REPUBLIC: Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Michal Slesingr (Rossignol), Ondrej Moravec

November 28th, Men 20km Individual
November 29th, Women 15km individual
December 1st, Men 10km Sprint and Women 7,5km Sprint
December 2nd, Men 12,5km Pursuit and Women 10km Pursuit

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Riders in this news :  Alexander LEGKOV  ; Eldar RØNNING  ; Ida INGEMARSDOTTER  ; Ilia CHERNOUSOV


The kick-off of the Cross-Country season took place in Gällivare (SWE). Norway I (Skofterud, Johaug, Hagen, Bjoergen) won the women's 4x5km relay. Sweden I (Ingemarsdotter, Bleckur, Larsen, Kalla) took the second place and team USA (Brooks, Randall, Stephen, Diggins) signed the first women’s relay podium for the country. It’s the Fifth victory for team Norway I in the relays in Gällivare (2004. 2006, 2008, 2010).

Rossignol racers:
1 - Norway I: Martine Ek Hagen, first World Cup podium
2 - Sweden I: Ida Ingemarsdotter
3 - USA : Liz Stephens, first World Cup podium

 Liz Stephens (USA):"I have always looked at the TV and seen people crying after big races.  I didn't understand that feeling until today.”

As the girls, Norway I won the 4x7.5 km relay with Roenning, Sundby, Roethe and Northug Jr. After a sprint finish Sweden I (Joensson, Olsson, Richardsson, Hellner) took second place ahead of Russia I (Belov, Vylegzhanin, Legkov, Chernousov). 

Rossignol racers:
1 - Norway I: Eldar Roenning
3 – Russia I: Ilya Chernousov and Alexander Legkov

Eldar Roenning (NOR):I was ill last week and could not compete at the national opening in Beitostoelen. I am happy I was in a good shape at the first World Cup of the season. We did a great job on the first three legs and for the first time since a long time Petter (Northug) did not have to sprint for the victory. “

llya Chernousov (RUS):It's really important for us to be in the top three.  Everybody did a good job.  For me it was quite hard today, I didn't feel fresh.  I tried to do my best but Marcus was stronger. Congratulations to Sweden.”

Photo: NordicFocus

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