The fifth stage of the biathlon world Cup: who are the favourites and what to expect from the Ukrainians

From 15 to 19 January in the German Rupoldinge will be held the fifth stage of the biathlon world Cup. Thus, the tournament will pass through its equator. Meanwhile, athletes continue to reach his peak and the fight is becoming more interesting.

In the absence of Johannes Bø (he’s at home awaiting the birth of a child), first place overall went to Frenchman Martin Fourcade, who leaves no hope for the conquest of his eighth “Big crystal globe”.

However, the temporary absence of the Norwegian doesn’t guarantee anything Fourcade. In particular, analysts Parimatch in the list of contenders for victory in the final standings while Martin put in second place. The leader, according to quotes, Johannes, and third place previously his brother Tarja. During the sprint race he really wanted to overtake Him, but was so captivated by the competition that he forgot to run a penalty lap. As a result, Terje lost a lot of time and only took 24-th place.

The main hero of the Cup in Oberhof among Ukrainians was Brendan. In the sprint, he took a high 15th place and qualified for the mass start on the additional quota.

In women in the General standings leader Dorothea Wierer. Also the final first place she was given and the experts Parimatch. Its main competitor – Tiril Eckhoff. Then with a serious backlog are Ingrid is Landmark Candravali and Justin Brisas. By the way, Ukrainian women, unfortunately, will miss the fifth stage of the world Cup Anastasiya Merkushyna. It will not perform as well on the IBU Cup and will be preparing for the sixth stage of the world Cup in Pokljuka.