20.01.2024 - Mass starts to wrap up the World Cup in Antholz

20.01.2024 - Mass starts to wrap up the World Cup in Antholz

The best biathletes in the world will kick things off at 12:30 pm with the 15 km mass start. The overwhelming favourite is of course Johannes Thingnes Bø. The Norwegian superstar has felt right at home in Antholz and already won the individual event on Thursday after a sensational performance. Bø also leads the discipline rankings: The Scandinavian won the only mass start of the season so far in Lenzerheide a month ago, and he intends to be right at the front again in Antholz.
There is also a lot of excitement surrounding Bø's team-mates, the Norwegians Johannes Dale-Skjevdal, Tarjei Bø and Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen. The Swede Martin Ponsiluoma could also challenge for a podium finish. Lukas Hofer from Montal is currently only on the reserve list, but could still move up. The "Azzurri" will therefore be relying on Tommaso Giacomel, who is in top form and could deliver a surprise. A second Italian, Didier Bionaz, is also guaranteed to start.

Women scheduled to start at 2:45 pm.

The women's mass start over 12.5 km will start at 2:45 pm with two prone and two standing stages. The field is set for an extremely exciting start. The first mass start of the season was won by France's Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, but she did not have a good race on Friday and only finished in 42nd place. It will be interesting to see whether Swiss individual winner Lena Häcki-Groß performs well. On Friday, she celebrated her first ever World Cup victory.

Of course, the expected names include Julia Simon from France, the overall World Cup leader Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold from Norway, the "Azzurra" Lisa Vittozzi, Elvira Öberg from Sweden and Franzi Preuss from Germany. Dorothea Wierer is also hoping to cause a furore at the final day in Antholz. The 33-year-old from Rasen came 14th in the individual and second in the relay, and now she wants to deliver another strong performance for her fans in the last race of this World Cup week in Antholz.

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