Two weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing (February 4 – 20), the Biathlon World Cup stage in Antholz-Anterselva (Italy) is taking its course. This Saturday, from 3 p.m., the women’s 4 x 6 km relay will begin.
An event for which France will be represented by Chloé Chevalier, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, Paula Botet and Anaïs Bescond. The second named, Braisaz-Bouchet, arrives in good shape for this race, she who dominated the women’s individual on Friday, finishing far ahead of its competitors.
Julia Simon absent
The other successful Frenchwoman yesterday, Julia Simon, arrival 2e in the individual event, will not be present on this relay. A loss for the Tricolores, since she was part of the victorious team during the last relay in the World Cup, on January 14 in Ruhpolding (Germany).
In the other camps, favorites will also be absent, having chosen to skip the Antholz-Anterselva stage, to better prepare for the Olympics. These include the Norwegian Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, leader of the World Cup, and the Swedes Elvira and Hanna Oeberg.
It will nevertheless be necessary to be wary of Belarus, where Dzinara Alimbekava (3e of the general) and Hanna Sola (6e) are present.