A royal tray
Martin Fourcadeif he's already turned towards a new ambitious winter (read his interview here), may have a smile. When we see the scene of stars who have responded to this first edition, the five-time Olympic champion in biathlon has enough to be satisfied. Dorothea Wierer, Lisa Vittozzi, Kaisa Makarainen, Monika Hojnisz, the Russian girl Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht and the revelation of winter Paulina Fialkova will especially face the French Célia Aymonier and Justine Braisaz. Male side, the world's number 1 Johannes Thingnes Boe will come to cross iron with his best rival Martin Fourcade, but also German Benedikt Doll, the Italian Lukas Hofer not to mention our blues Simon Desthieux, Quentin Fillon-Maillet and the vice-champion of the world Antonin Guigonnat.
With notably Petter Northug, Federico Pellegrino, Gleb Retivykh, Jovian Hediger the French sprinters will also have to work to win the sprint that will conclude this first day. In the ladies Krista Parmakoski, Nadine Faehndrich, Katja Visnar and Italian Greta Laurent will challenge the French led by the recent champion of France Delphine Claudel, Laura Chamiot-Maitral or Coralie Bentz who had made a great impression on the Auvergne roads during the recent French Cross-Country Skiing Summer Championship.
The supporters are ready
The 3000 tickets put up for sale have quickly found takers and the gallery is filled with fans from all over France. Like this family from Mayenne, who does not miss a biathlon race in winter, and who organized his vacation to be in Annecy this weekend. And enjoy the audience of stars. In the stand and on the edges of tracks, the Breton, Savoyard and bells flags are out.
While on the track, the first warm ups begin. Beginning of the women's qualification at 13:35, the men will follow at 13:45.
source: Thomas Sport Communication for Nordic Magazine