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Biathlon: Les Bleus suffer the Norwegians' rule in the relay but get on the podium

2023-12-10T12:09:29.033Z

Highlights: France finished in second place in the men's relay in Hochfilzen, Austria, on Sunday, ahead of a Norwegian armada. Les Bleus were level for half of the race but eventually folded against the armada led by Johannes Boe, back to his best, and settled for a nice second place. Germany completed the podium. Next week, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, there will be only individual events on the programme. The next men’s relay will take place in Germany on January 7.


The France team finished in second place in the men's relay in Hochfilzen, Austria, on Sunday, ahead of a Norwegian armada


As in the first relay of the season, two weeks ago, the France men's biathlon team suffered the law of Norway, this Sunday in Hochfilzen, Autiche. After being level for half of the race, Les Bleus finally folded against the armada led by Johannes Boe, back to his best, and settled for a nice second place. Germany completed the podium.

🎁 A 10/10 to ensure victory in this relay for Norway: Vetle Christiansen's birthday gift to Siegfried Mazet #lequipeBIATHLON pic.twitter.com/BnMZwAqyYl

— L'Équipe (@lachainelequipe) December 10, 2023

First to leave, the youngest Eric Perrot, 22 years old, nevertheless very quickly put France into orbit, triggering a hyper fast and faultless shot to pass the baton in the lead to Émilien Jacquelin. The Isère native, under pressure from his Norwegian and Swedish pursuers, took the same approach as his teammate, but was less successful, picking twice and suffering a little from the speed of Tarjei Boe on the skis.

Johannes Boe stands out from the crowd

Launched six seconds behind Norway, Fabien Claude was powerless against Johannes Boe, the four-time winner of the big globe. Starting like a rocket on skis, the winner of the pursuit the day before quickly outdistanced the Frenchman and, despite a shot that could be improved (three picks), passed the baton with a one-minute lead to Vetle Christiansen. In an armchair, the last torchbearer left no chance to Quentin Fillon-Maillet, who secured the place of runner-up to France, with a comfortable margin.

Read alsoBiathlon: first victory of the winter for Johannes Boe

The next men's relay will not take place until January 7, at the Oberhof round in Germany. Next week, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, there will be only individual events on the programme.

Source: leparis

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