The second stage of the Biathlon World Cup starts on Thursday, which will again be held in Ostersund, Sweden. The second race of the day will be the men's 10 km sprint. We bring to your attention the forecast for its results.
The fight for the Big Crystal Globe this season promises to be one of the most spectacular in recent years. Many people have already managed to catch up to Johannes Be in terms of speed and stability. The Norwegian himself is surprised that after having an excellent sprint race at the starting stage, without making a single mistake, he took only third place, losing to the Swede Sebastian Samuelsson and his teammate Vetle-Shostada Christiansen. Bookmakers see Johannes and Sebastian as the favorites of the upcoming sprint, although they do not rule out the breakthrough of someone else.
We will still bet on an experienced Johannes, whom such a rush of competitors should only start. Samuelsson is not yet a top biathlete to win several races in a row, and the fleet-footed French have problems on the firing lines. Also, for a tempting coefficient, I would like to bet on Tarja Be, who also came up in excellent shape for the new season, and is now only 5 points behind his younger brother in the overall standings. Why shouldn't he be on the podium? Yes, a week ago he was only 12th, losing with one miss for more than a minute, but that sprint took place after a 20-meter "individual", where Tarja gave his all, and just did not have time to recover.
I don't want to discount Christiansen, who also already has enough experience, and his success in the first sprint of the season should not be perceived as a big surprise. You can play it in duels against the unstable shooter Jacquelin. The duel between Loginov and Latypov, who claim to be the leader of the Russian national team this season, promises to be very interesting. Alexander was a little faster at the first stage, but Eduard shoots better. Let's assume that Latypov will increase in terms of speed, and will be able to be higher in the protocol. You can also expect progress from Daniil Serokhvostov, who very convincingly held his debut stage in his career at the World Cup. Why not compete for the top 10 now?
Sturla Legrade disappointed in the first sprint of the season, taking only 37th place, but this happened after the triumph in the individual race. Having rested for three days, Legrade should give out a strong race and get ahead of Frenchman Fillon-Maillet, who is not shooting in Ostersund, and in the same first sprint of the season, he showed only the 32nd result with two misses. For the express, a victory of Doll in the German confrontation with Horn may also be a good option. Benedict is a sprint world champion.