Less prominent last weekend at Oberhof, Johannes Thingnes Boe made a point of winning the second sprint organized in the German resort ahead of Sturla Holm Laegreid and Arnd Peiffer. Quentin Fillon Maillet, eighth, finished first in France.
The sprint exercise is definitely what pleases Johannes Thingnes Boe the most. The Norwegian, on the occasion of the second race on this format organized in Oberhof, gave everything to win after ten kilometers of cross-country skiing and two shots. It must be said that, in the wake of her performances last weekend, Sturla Holm Laegreid gave her leader a hard time. The 23-year-old biathlete, who shot without a fault with his bib 22, quickly took the lead in the race and saw the Germans Arnd Peiffer and Erik Lesser as well as his compatriot Johannes Dale, despite a shooting foul, breaking teeth on his mark. In the fight for victory before the last shot, with the second ski time, the Italian Lukas Hofer missed two balls and fell in sixth place. But, concerning Sturla Holm Laegreid, it was without counting on the bib 58 worn by Johannes Thingnes Boe.
JTBoe spared no efforts
Impeccable on the prone shot, the Norwegian immediately settled at the top of the standings, widening the gap on the skis. An effort that allowed him to ensure shooting to sign one of the eleven clears in shooting seen in this sprint. Out of the shooting range with a margin of nine seconds on Sturla Holm Laegreid, Johannes Thingnes Boe immediately put the watts to take five seconds from his compatriot. A mattress that has faded slightly in the last 2500 meters of the race but it is with a little more than twelve seconds that the world number 1, who collapsed in the finish area, signs his 26th victory in sprint, for 51 World Cup successes. The German Arnd Peiffer completes the podium 28 seconds behind Johannes Thingnes Boe who will not be able to benefit from these gaps in a pursuit, the second stage organized in Oberhof being completed by a relay this Friday then a Mass Start this Sunday.
Fillon Maillet and Jacquelin in the Top 15
Remaining on two podiums last weekend in the mixed relay and the single mixed relay, the French team missed the boat in this Oberhof sprint. With the seventh skiing time, Quentin Fillon Maillet made a mistake during the standing shot and took eighth place at the finish line. Emilien Jacquelin, for his part, went through the penalty ring after the prone shot and took 14th place within a minute of Johannes Thingnes Boe. With two faults each, Antonin Guigonnat and Simon Desthieux finished in extremis in points with, respectively, the 26th and the 27th position. Emilien Claude, with a 7/10 shooting could not do better than 67th place while Fabien Claude, who made five errors against the targets, is 73rd during this sprint. With this victory, Johannes Thingnes Boe consolidates his first place in the general classification of the World Cup but also in the classification of the specialty.
BIATHLON – WORLD CUP / SPRINT D’OBERHOF (M)
Final classification – Wednesday January 13, 2021
1- Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) in 24’43”6 (0 shooting faults)
2- Sturla Holm Laegreid (NOR) at 12”4 (0)
3- Arnd Peiffer (ALL) at 27”9 (0)
4- Erik Lesser (ALL) at 30”6 (0)
5- Johannes Dale (NOR) at 38”3 (1)
6- Lukas Hofer (ITA) at 40”7 (2)
7- Dmytro Pidruchnyi (UKR) at 45”5 (1)
8- Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA) at 46”3 (1)
9- Martin Ponsiluoma (SUE) at 46”9 (2)
10- Matvey Eliseev (RUS) at 47”5 (0)
14- Emilien Jacquelin (FRA) at 1’04”5 (1)
26- Antonin Guigonnat (FRA) at 1’44”3 (2)
27- Simon Desthieux (FRA) at 1’44”8 (2)
67- Emilien Claude (FRA) at 2’57”1 (3)
73- Fabien Claude (FRA) at 3’09”9 (5)