Flocke in Oberhof
Strong fight from the French women in the pursuit

Strong fight from the French women in the pursuit

After a brilliant race to catch up, Julia Simon won the pursuit race in Oberhof ahead of sprint winner Justine Braisaz-Bouchet. "I'm very happy with the race. The fans gave me wings on the last lap," said the 27-year-old Frenchwoman. Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold finished as third.

The last shooting opened the door for Julia Simon

After Justine Braisaz-Bouchet was in the lead until the last standing shooting, she had problems here and had to go into the penalty loop twice. "I'm a bit disappointed about my last shooting. It opened the door for the others. I'm still happy about the podium, of course. We have a very strong French team today," she said after the race. Julia Simon was the first to complete the lap even with a mistake but nevertheless extended her ten-second lead over her team-mate even further. "When I saw that Justine had missed two targets, I knew that the most I could allow myself was one penalty loop."

The DSV athletes had no chance on the track today

It was still exciting for third place. As France's Chaveau and Richard as well as Oeberg failed to finish, Franziska Preuss went into the final lap in third place. But on the track, she was overtaken by Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, who had the second-best time. "Unfortunately, I didn't have the best skis today. I ran out of energy on the first lap," said the DSV athlete, who finished in seventh place.

Janina Hettich-Walz finished in 11th place. Sophia Schneider, Vanessa Voigt and Hanna Kebinger finished 14th, 18th and 22nd.

(Photos: Christian Heilwagen)

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