Relay plot: in Pokljuka will start the second stage of the biathlon world Cup

Relay plot: in Pokljuka will start the second stage of the biathlon world Cup© RIA Novosti. Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The second stage of the biathlon world Cup opens on Friday in the Slovenian Pokljuka sprint races.

During the three-day stage on Saturday there will be a pursuit — so far the most successful of the disciplines for the Russian team in this season. It is in the pursuit last weekend, the Russians broke bezmetallny series with a length of 25 races. And immediately double pedestal, gold took Anton Babikov, silver, Maxim Tsvetkov. On Sunday, the stage will end in the first season of men’s and women’s relay events — no doubt they will be the most interesting in the competition program, despite the fact that the lineups will be known only on the eve of the race. A good performance will help the teams to gain a good score for positions in the Cup of Nations, where the Russians have to get into the top five at the end of the season to restore the quota. In the Nations Cup the Russians until the sixth, men fourth position. But in General, the male Russian team tasks where above — it is necessary to confirm the class and compete for the top spots.

Our squad

From the team at the competitions announced six men and five women in Slovenia, the team came without a spare. Women’s sprint run Anastasia Zagoruiko, Tatiana Akimova, Olga Podchufarova, Ekaterina Glazyrina, Svetlana Sleptsova, men’s Anton Babikov, Maxim Tsvetkov, Matvey Eliseev, Anton Shipulin, Evgeny Garanichev, Yuri Shopin.

On the basis of performance in östersund from the team unhooked Ekaterina Shumilova and Dmitry Malyshko, both athletes went to start on the IBU Cup, not to sit without practice. «Baby need a little emotional lift. We don’t dismiss it, he played well in östersund, but somewhere there is a shooting problem,» explained the rotation of the main coach of Russian national team Alexander Kasperovich.

Cup showdown

And if global conclusions about the form of all teams to do it is early, the leader of the General classification is already gradually began to emerge. So, women, the leader of the German Laura dahlmeier (157), but very close to it is the winner of last year’s trophy Czech Gabriela Soukalova (132), and the third goes to France’s Marie Dorin habert, second not so much (118). The best of Russians Akimova — 23-th position (49).

Men in total intrigue much less. Leader Martin Fourcade of France, now five years but not least the Big Crystal globe (168). Oddly enough, but the second is Maxim Tsvetkov, confident performance in östersund allowed him to start the season very positively (104). Third — the German Arnd Peiffer (100), followed by two points — seriously intending to compete with Fourcade this season, the Norwegian OLE Einar Bjoerndalen. The owner of the Russian gold in östersund Babikov is sixth (96).