Insider fighting, dissatisfaction and pregnancies looks to set an already limping Russian Cross County team even further back this up-coming season.
Tchepalova does not appear to be in her usual form
The woman that was supposed to get the Russians back to the top, Julia Tchepalova, does not look to be as motivated as before she gave birth last year.
â€œWhen the two-time Olympic medal winner participated in a rollerski race in Otepaa a while ago she appeared unmotivated and far from being at her â€œrace weightâ€
â€œI would be surprised if she shows past performance in upcoming racesâ€ — said Ulvang.