Guigonnat and Uldal win in Mass Start 60 in Ridnaun

Gilonne Guigonnat of France and Martin Uldal of Norway are the winners of the Mass start 60 competitions which closed the Ridnaun week and Trimester 1 in the IBU Cup season 2022/2023. Guigonnat won for the first time in the IBU Cup in her career.

First 20/20 and first win for Guigonnat

Guigonnat took the lead after the first standing shooting and managed to close all 20 targets for a win in 35:25.9. Anamarija Lampič of Slovenia, the fastest skier of the day and the leader after both prone stages, finished second, with five misses, 9 seconds back. Tilda Johansson of Sweden missed once and finished third for her second IBU Cup podium of the season, 40.7 seconds behind the French winner. Johansson fought-off headaches that troubled her the whole week.

“It was a perfect shooting day for me, and I needed that to withstand Anamarija’s attacks; she is exceptionally fast on the skis. I also enjoyed competing with my teammates. I am very pleased,” said Guigonnat, the IBU Cup Total Score leader before the Christmas break.

Fourth place went to Guigonnat’s team colleague Fans Bertrand, with one miss, 45.0 seconds back. The photofinisher decided on a German fight for the fifth place, in which Vanessa Hinz, with four misses, got the better of Juliane Fruehwirt. They finished 46.2 seconds behind the winner from France.

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Uldal’s splendid day

Looking in a great-daily form on the skis from the first meters of today’s Men 15km Mass Start 60 in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Uldal added a highly accurate 19/20 on the shooting range for his second IBU Cup win of the season in 37:43.9.

His teammate Erlend Bjoentegaard, shooting 17/20, finished second, 34.2 seconds back. Lucas Fratzscher of Germany, also missing three times, finished third, 45.4 seconds behind Uldal.

“Physically, this was a hard week for me, but that all changed today. I felt strong from the first meters. I was calm on the shooting range and had the privilege to ski the last with a comfortable lead, enjoying the beautiful surroundings here,” said Uldal.

The remaining three flower podium positions went to Norway. Martin Nevland shot 18/20 and finished 55.2 seconds behind Uldal. Aleksander Fjeld Andersen, with three misses, was 1:03.5 seconds back, and the IBU Cup Total Score leader after Trimester 1, Endre Stroemsheim, despite skiing five penalty loops, sixth, 1:14.3 seconds behind the winner.

Photo: IBU/H. Deubert

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