Fourcade's 10th Win of Season in Ruhpolding Pursuit
France’s Martin Fourcade battled through heavy snow and three penalties to claim his 10th win of the season, winning the Ruhpolding pursuit his 10th win this season in 30:30.7. Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen shot clean but finished second, 22.5 seconds back. Michal Krcmar of Czech Republic, also shooting clean outskied Russia’s Anton Shipulin in the final sprint to take the last podium spot, 19.5 seconds back for his first career podium.
Shipulin, with one penalty finished 21.3 seconds back, while Germany's Arnd Peiffer finished fifth, also with one penalty, 24.1 seconds back. Dominik Landertinger of Austria finished sixth, with one penalty, 38.3 seconds back.
Martin Fourcade started with a 18-second advantage, which he extended to one minute after shooting clean in the first prone. Teammates Peiffer and Schempp had a collision in the second loop, losing precious seconds on the track.
Fourcade opened the door when he missed twice in the second prone and once more in standing. That put Svendsen in the lead and allowed Shipulin, Schempp, Peiffer and Krcmar to move into the lead group Fourcade comfortably skied behind the Norwegian before bursting past Svendsen on one of the final uphills before the final standing stage, giving the Yellow Bib a 50 meter lead on the field. The French star hit the first four shots, then hesitated before hitting the last shot. Nevertheless, his tactics worked. He left the shooting range in the lead, while the others struggled with shooting. Svendsen, leaving in second was the only man in the chase group to clean. Shipulin was third, over sevens seconds behind Svendsen, with Krcmar hot on the Russian's heels.
Records and Family
Breaking Ole Einar Björndalen's record of 12 wins in one season is a possibility for the World Cup Total Score leader .“I know I already won so much this season. But if I were not fighting for these statistics I would not have stayed that focused.”
Regarding the support of his family and team staff, he added, “I am very happy about this victory, I love to compete in Ruhpolding. My wife and my daughter are with me here now. Without my team and people around me I would not have been on the podium today.”
Svendsen commented on his last loop and the conditions. "On the last loop I was very tired, I am very happy to have finished before the other guys. The snow was coming down, and the conditions were tough."
Krcmar: 29th to 3rd
Shipulin closed the gap on Svendsen, but was then was passed as Krcmar sprinted by in the final meters to claim the final podium spot.
Krcmar commented on this first podium. “On the last downhill I saw Anton and I went for it. Last year I was 5th in Ruhpolding Mass Start; now it is amazing to be on the podium.”