Jeanmonnot Victorious in Season-ending Mass Start

France’s Lou Jeanmonnot took control of the season-ending Canmore Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start after cleaning the first standing stage, going unchallenged to the finish for her fourth victory of the season in 32:55. Jeanmonnot, cleaned the first three stages, missed a single shot in the last standing but remained in the lead, winning for the second consecutive Sunday after taking the Soldier Hollow Women’s Pursuit last week. Jeanmonnot’s win gave her the Women’s Mass Start Score Crystal Globe, the first of her World Cup career. She previously won the IBU Cup Women’s Total Score in 2022.

“Globe was unexpected”

Jeanmonnot’s Mass Start Globe came as a huge but welcome surprise. “It was really was (a great surprises). I wanted to finish great this season, but the globe was unexpected. I am quite happy about that.” “So Cool!

Holding back tears of joy, she added, “It is a great reward for a great season that I did not expect. I wanted great results, great big medals, but a globe this season is so cool!”

Germany’s Janina Hettich-Walz equaled her personal best in second place, with a single penalty, 11.9 seconds back. Jeanmonnot’s teammate Gilonne Guigonnat shot clean finishing with her first-ever podium and a career-best third place, 15.8 seconds back, improving on her fifth place in yesterday’s pursuit.

Vittozzi Wins Total Score; Jeanmonnot Second

Besides the Mass Start Score title, Jeanmonnot vaulted into second place ahead of Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold in the Women’s World Cup Total Score, finishing 23 points behind Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi who claimed her first-ever big Crystal Globe after finishing second in 2019 and third last season. After her dominating sprint/pursuit double this week and moving into Yellow, Vittozzi finished 21st today, still scoring enough points for the season-long title.

Elvira Oeberg wins Under 25 Trophy

Elvira Oeberg finished 19th today but won the Blue Bib (Under 25) trophy for the third consecutive season, finishing 7th in the Total Score.

Jeanmonnot’s teammate Mass Start World Champion Justine Braisaz-Bouchet finished fourth, 22.1 seconds back, despite four penalties. Austria’s Anna Gandler, with one penalty, finished in a personal best fifth place, 25,6 seconds back. Sweden’s Hanna Oeberg, with two penalties, finished sixth, 31.2 seconds back.

Déjà vu Day: French Team Leads

The final day in Canmore was déjà vu: bluebird cloudless skies, 5C temperature and light wind for the season-ending women’s competition. The French team, controlling the pace led the pack into the first prone. Simon cleaned quickly, with14 women leaving within 20 seconds. Simon blew through the second prone, with Juni Arnekleiv, Jeanmonnot and Hettich-Walz 5 seconds back.

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Jeanmonnot Pulls Away to Victory

The group of four came to the first standing. Jeanmonnot and Hettich-Walz cleaned. Hanna after an early penalty moved to third.

In the last standing, the two leaders both missed once, but remained in front. Guigonnat cleaned, moving to third, 8 seconds back. Jeanmonnot stretched her margin over the final loop for the victory.

Photos: IBU/Christian Manzoni

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