Week of sports: world Cup biathlon, “Road to the sun” and the Grand Prix of Australia

Why Martin Fourcade did not work in the championship and the season in General? What is the “Road to the sun” and “Race of the two seas”? And as pilots, “Formula 1” finish on a car with a crack? Talk in our sports review.

The biathlon world championship: unexpected rewards and an abyss under the feet Fourcade

Last week ended the world championship on biathlon in Ostersund, Sweden. Medal standings predictable headed Norway: five gold, three silver and one bronze award. Second place went to team Germany, which has seven medals — two gold, two silver and three bronze. Closed the three of leaders of competition the national team of Italy — two wins, two second places and one third.

If the victory of the Norwegians was projected mainly due to successful throughout the season performances of Johannes Bø, gold medals the Italians came as a surprise. Both medals were won in the last day of competition in the same discipline — mass start race. First triumph of the Italian anthem sounded in honor of Dorothea wierer, and after a few hours — on the occasion of the title Dominic Windisch. The Wearer became the first world champion in biathlon from Italy.

Russia in the championship won three awards: the silver brought in the mass start, Ekaterina Yurlova-Pert, Alexander Loginov finished second in the sprint, and the men in the relay team finished third, however, largely due to the fact that fleeing at the last stage of the French Martin Fourcade went to two penalties after the final firing. This allowed the Russians lost about 40 seconds, to approach the podium.

Martin Fourcade for the current season and the championship was a failure. The strongest biathletes of our time to perform successfully did not even pause in speeches before a championship. Demonstrated during previous seasons, all new and new achievements, this time He updated his table’s record. First, a titled Frenchman took the lowest place in its history of performances at the world Championships was 39th. Before that the worst position of Fourcade was in 25th place at the world Cup 2012 in Ruhpolding. Second, once the fastest biathlete Fourcade in the individual race lost feet two and a half minutes. Thirdly, he never made it to the podium. For the past nine years, he invariably took with the world Championships awards, and eight years in his piggy Bank was at least one individual gold.

In the preparation of the athlete went wrong? French experts believe that Fourcade was unable to successfully restructure after a change of coach at functional training team. A year ago, ex-skier Vincent Vitto replaced stéphane Boutier, which Fourcade tied 12 years of working together.

Here’s how the TV channel L’equipe described it as an athlete immediately after the completion of the championship: “I feel like my legs opened a bottomless abyss. Now the exact same results, as after the individual races and after the relay. In the beginning of the season I spent a lot of effort to stay in the best shape, the second number in the global standings (after Norwegian Johannes Bø RFI). But the body I did not obey. Yes, and it was psychologically very difficult, especially in the stages in Ruhpolding and Antholz New Place since I lost all illusions about the goals for the season that I had. On the slopes, I show the result that only vaguely resembles what I usually show. All this is for me very costly, I decided to take a break in February to attend the championship in the best shape, but it didn’t go as I wanted. I was sick during the pause endured hideous days. It feels like my head is not in sync with the body and the body does not respond. From a sporting point of view I hate my period: I was very invested in this season, wanted to show the new team of coaches that I can go to excellent achievements, I’m still motivated, and not only that. Failed. The feeling that this season I’m paying for all the efforts made in the past.”

For all its failures biathlete in the world Cup is held on the fifth line. Even assuming that He really could not get used to the new team of coaches, representatives of the new generation of French biathlon this problem does not arise — in the Cup ranking, they settled with admirable density: Simon Destie third, Cantin Fillon-maillet fourth, Antonin Gehenna — eighth. It is the latter drove away with championship medals: Fillon-maillet — bronze in sprint and pursuit and Antonin Gehenna — silver in the mass start. Among French women in the prizes were able to call Justine Braz —in the individual race, she came in third.

Now athletes waiting for the next world Cup stage in Norway, Holmenkollen. It opens March 21.

On the “Road to the sun” “Race the two seas”: the Cycling race Paris – nice started Tirreno – Adriatico

The Cycling last week, I had a few reasons to quit the case and monitor what is happening on the track. Sunday, 17 March, ended in a Cycling race Paris – nice. “Road to the sun” traditionally began in the Paris suburb and finished on the Cote d’azur. To start out 161 rider. In the end, the General classification was headed by the representative of the team Sky Colombian Egan Bernal. The second was his compatriot Nair Quintana (Movistar), third place was up the pole MikaL Kwiatkowski (Sky).

The winner of the Bernal commented on his feelings after the competition: “it’s a great feeling. Can’t believe I just won Paris – nice. It’s incredible, I’m happy. Was it difficult to keep cool? Yes and no. When some riders started to attack, I couldn’t follow, but I know that I have a great and strong team that can control the breaks. So keep calm it was not so difficult, because I believed in my team. The whole team worked really hard ahead of. We knew that today is the last day, so they tried. And I knew I can count on Kwiatkowski, Suck, Tao… When we went to attack Quintana, I thought I can follow him and hold on. But then I was left alone, so I chose to quietly wait. Director our team of Nicolas Port knows about this race all: all parts of the wind, the road, the jerks. In the final I knew that will be enough to win a 45-second hurt”.

Bernal also said that the next race for him will probably be Volta ciclista a Catalunya, and then he will start preparations for the Giro d’italia. Hope of the Grand tour of the athlete, as he himself admits, no — he is only 22 years old, so it is a lot to learn.

Also on March 13 in Italy, started another Cycling race — Tirreno Adriatico or the “Race of the two seas”. Last year the winner was MikaL Kwiatkowski. At the start of this year came many famous racers, such as Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic, Julien Alaphilippe, Vincenzo nibali, Peter Sagan, Greg van Avermat and many others.

The first stage of Tirreno — Adriatico was not without dramatic moments associated with random passers-by: the man decided to slowly cross the road in front of the group of riders Bora-Naptha. Rafal Majka and Oscar Gatto are unable to overtake and collided with passers-by. The man was hospitalized, but, according to media reports, his life is not in danger. Athletes escaped with minor injuries and managed to finish the race.

After ended March 17, the fifth stage in the General classification leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 25 seconds from his Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), and 35 seconds — Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Completed Tirreno — Adriatico 19 March in San Benedetto del Tronto.

Grand Prix of Australia — a good start for Mercedes

Sunday, March 17, was held the first stage “Formulas-1”. Grand Prix of Australia has been particularly successful for Mercedes — just two pilots made it to the podium. The first finished Valtteri Bottas, for which this victory became the fourth in career. Thus he became the first driver to have earned 26 points: 25 for a win and one additional point for fastest lap is new this year. Bottas himself has called this race the best in his career, and the head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff said: “I again see him as that young guy I first met 10 years ago when he dominated in the youth series. Great comeback in the fight and deserved the victory.”

For Bottas finished his teammate and winner of last year’s “Formula” Lewis Hamilton. To win the Grand Prix of Australia he managed twice in his career — in 2008, as part of McLaren in 2015 with Mercedes. Last year Hamilton also at this stage, won the silver medal, losing out to Sebastian Vettel a little more than five seconds. And here again the second place. In the race car Lewis lacked speed, also had problems with balance. Poleconomy inspection showed that the car was damaged to the bottom near the rear left wheel. However, this fact did not prevent Hamilton to get on the podium, and certainly not affected his mood according to the driver, taking into account all the conditions, he is very pleased with the result: “I did what you need — no more, no less. I try not to concentrate on the backlog and he allowed him to be such. I was not the best strategy. But given all these circumstances, I gracefully got it all. Except at the start, too much lost.”

Finally, the third in Melbourne finished Max Verstappen. For Honda it was the first podium since 2008. After the race, Verstappen was glad in an interview that managed to beat Vettel on the track, which is not the easiest task, as well as finished wasn’t the biggest gap on Hamilton — the difference between riders at the finish was just over two seconds.

Bewilderment caused results Ferrari. Team leader Mattia Binotto acknowledged that they failed to adapt to Albert Park, Vettel said his car lacked grip after the pit stop, which had replaced the tires. Representatives of the team said he would return to the highest level of competitiveness of the next Grand Prix.

Grand Prix of Australia was held on the track Albert Park is two miles South from the centre of Melbourne. The first stage of the “Formula” was held there in 1996. The title track owes its Park, which takes place. The distance consists of 16 turns. Record lap in 2004 established the Michael Schumacher, is the star of the pilot was gone 1 minute and 24 as many as 125 thousandths of a second.

The next Grand Prix will be held on 31 March in Bahrain on the track of Sakhir, located in the desert 30 km from the Kingdom’s capital Manama. Last year’s winner of the Grand Prix of Bahrain was Sebastian Vettel who finished second to Bottas, third — Hamilton.
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