Julia Simon, outgoing world No.1 in the turbulent summer preparation, entered the top 5 for the first time this season during the pursuit won by the Swede Elvira Oeberg on Saturday in Hochfilzen (Austria), second stage of the World Cup biathlon.
Simon, who started in seventh position with 44 seconds behind the lead inherited from the sprint the day before, hit the mark with a 19 out of 20, to move back into fifth place just over a minute behind Oeberg.
To the first two top 10s of the winter on which she remained (7th in the pursuit in Östersund and the sprint in Hochfilzen), the biathlete from Les Saisies thus adds a first top 5, after having had a complicated start and a delicate summer, aiming by two complaints for bank card fraud, including one from her partner in the French team, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, facts which she disputes.
Seventh in the pursuit in Östersund and in the sprint in Hochfilzen), the biathlete from Les Saisies thus adds a first top 5, after having experienced a complicated start and a delicate summer, targeted by two complaints for bank card fraud, including one from her partner in the French team, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet. Alleged facts that she disputes.
“It’s clear that it’s good for the head,” admitted Simon on the L’Equipe channel, who admitted to being “mentally dull” from the first individual race of the season.
“I’m rebuilding races that were pretty well done. I was looking to rediscover this playful side, this pleasure of doing (direct) confrontation races. I’m going to try to build on that for the future, it’s going in the right direction, we just have to continue with it,” she continued.
Jeanmonnot gives up the yellow bib
“I’m really happy to have found this little thing in my head that makes the balls go where I want them to go. Frankly, it was a great battle,” added the world champion in title of the suit.
After two of the nine World Cup stages, and five individual races, Simon is currently in eleventh place in the general classification.
Biathlete Lou Jeanmonnot (right) during the Hochfilzen pursuit on December 9, 2023. Starting with the yellow World Cup leader’s bib, the Frenchwoman took 13th place and gave up her first place in the general classification / Joe Klamar / AFP/Archives
Lou Jeanmonnot, yellow leader bib for the first time in her career after her double sprint-pursuit in Östersund (Sweden) last week, ranked 13th in the pursuit, almost 2 min 20 sec behind, after two mistakes behind the rifle. A result which cost him this distinctive bib, for the benefit of the Norwegian Ingrid Tandrevold.
The day after her first individual podium (3rd in the sprint) since her return from maternity, Braisaz-Bouchet lost track on the shooting range: with five missed targets, she nevertheless finished eighth (+1:46.1) in favor second best time on skis.
Elvira Oeberg, one of the main contenders for the big crystal globe, in ambush after the sprint (2nd at 5 seconds), won ahead of the Swiss Lena Haecki-Gross, second at 11 seconds 2/10, and Tandrevold, third at 13 sec 9/10th. All three committed only one shooting error.