The second World Cup victory of his career celebrated the South Tyrolean Lukas Hofer at the 10 km sprint in Östersund and confirms his top form at the end of the season. As in the last races before, Hofer proved his strength and didn’t give the rest of the competition a chance. Absolutely concentrated was his series at the shooting range and just as fast he was on the skis. Hofer delivered a flawless performance and won highly deserved ahead of Sebastian Samuelsson from Sweden with a gap of 4.0 seconds in second place and Tarjei Boe who was the best Norwegian and finished third with a gap of 14.4 seconds. The early decision in the fight for the overall World Cup had to be postponed again. Johannes Thingnes Boe is still the overall leader in the ranking. He finished the race one place behind his great competitor and teammate Sturla Holm Laegried in seventh place, who could not make up enough points to pass him. Simon Desthieux in fourth and Quentin Fillon Maillet in fifth, both lie in wait for a good result in the chaser. Also running in the top-10 ranks were Johannes Dale (8th, NOR) and Vladimir Iliev (9th, BUL). Vetle Christiansen (NOR) in twelfth, Alexander Andersen (16th, NOR) and Jakub Stvrtecky (19th, CZE) all reached places in the top 20. Best German was surprisingly Roman Rees who managed an excellent tenth place, Benedikt Doll finished disappointingly 31st, two places ahead of Erik Lesser.
Results 10 km men’s sprint Östersund:
The third place is a great starting position for me for the pursuit. We will see what will happen, but I am very satisfied.
I am very satisfied with my running performance – not with my two mistakes. But there are still two more chances for me.
Johannes Thingnes Boe
In the first round I lost time, where is just a mystery to me. But the second round and the shooting were OK. It remains very exciting.
Sturla Holm Laegreid
Sprintsieg für Lukas Hofer in Östersund
Der dritte Platz ist für mich eine super Ausgangsposition für den Verfolger. Mal sehen was passiert, aber ich bin sehr zufrieden.
Mit meiner läuferischen Leistung bin ich sehr zufrieden – nicht mit meinen beiden Fehlern. Es gibt aber noch zwei weitere Chancen für mich.
In der ersten Runde habe ich Zeit liegen lassen, wo ist mir nur ein Rätsel. Die zweite Runde und das Schießen waren dann jedoch OK. Es bleibt weiter sehr spannend.