The women will open with the 12.5km mass start competition at 13.10h. And the discipline score currently has two leaders with Marte Olsbu Roeiseland from Norway and Julia Simon from France. World cup total score leader Roeiseland has won the first mass start in Hochfilzen while Simon has claimed the victory in Oberhof. After botching the opening individual race, the Scandinavian will take on the competition particularly motivated.
Local hero Dorothea Wierer from Niederrasen is also expected to push for the limit after her fourth place in the individual competition. Particularly as she, currently ranked in fourth place in the total score, has made up ground against the three Scandinavians Roeiseland, Tiril Eckhoff and Hanna Öberg in front of her. With Lisa Vittozzi the “Azzurri” have another strong athlete in the race. Anticipation will be running high about the performance of Lisa Theresa Hauser from Austria who will start with bib number 7. The 27-year-old from Reith bei Kitzbühel has scored her first ever win in a world cup race in the opening individual race in Antholz on Thursday and is one of the top contenders for the mass start victory. The Tyrolean is currently in seventh position in the world cup total score and has already taken a spot on the podium four times this season.
The Norwegians will be the quarry in the men’s relay
The men will start their 4x7.5km relay competition with one shooting in prone as well as standing position in each leg at 15.05h. Again Norway is the clear favorite on paper. Johannes Thingnes Bø & co. has made it onto the podium in all three competitions this season. They won the first race in Kontialahti and came in second in the relay competitions of Hochfilzen and Oberhof. In Hochfilzen they had to bow to Sweden, in Oberhof France has taken the victory. A thrilling race neck-and-neck is to be expected at the foot of the Hochgall.
Next to Norway, Sweden and France, Germany will also want to have a say in the fight for the podium. The DSV-biathletes have scored third places twice, once in Kontilahti, once in Hochfilzen. And also the Italian hosts have already made it to the podium once this year, at the world cup stage of Oberhof. Russia also has a fighting chance.