There was a French double success with Quentin Fillon Mailett in the lead in the 12.5 km pursuit race in Hochfilzen, who took the lead after the last shooting , and could repeat his victory from last year.
With a lead of 32.1 seconds over his compatriot Emilien Jacquelin, Fillon Mailett won his seventh World Cup.
The French podium was just missed by Simon Desthieux, who was beaten by Sebastian Samuelsson in the final sprint for third place.
Samuelsson's third place took the lead in the overall World Cup from Vetle Christiansen, who was unable to finish higher than 19th.
Tarjei Boe finished fifth with two misses, Sturla Holm Laegreid still finished in the TOP 10 with 9th place.
The 17th and 18th places went to Alexander Loginov and Johannes Thingnes Boe, who again had a hard time in this race.
Results 12,5 Km Pursuit Men Hochfilzen:
1. Quentin Fillon Mailett, FRA 33.52,0 Min.
2. Emilien Jaqueline, FRA + 32,1 Sek.
3. Sebastian Samuelsson, SWE + 38,2 Sek
4. Simon Desthieux, FRA + 38,2 Sek.
5 Tarjei Boe, NOR + 38,7 Sek.
9. Sturla Holm Laegreid, NOR + 49,1 Sek.
17. Alexander Loginov, RUS + 59,3 Sek.
18. JTB, NOR + 1.06,5 Min.
19. Vetle Christiansen, NOR + 1.09,4 Min.
Statement Quentin Fillon Mailett:" I knew today that I would get my chance and I acted very controlled in the last shooting.
That I could repeat my victory from last year here makes me happy, of course:"
Statement Simon Desthieux:" This is biathlon, I made a good race today for me."
Statement JTB." I don't know what's wrong with me right now."
Helmut Hanus, Hochfilzen
Pictures: K. Voigt Fotografie