World CupVittoz On Fire In Nove Mesto 15km

FasterSkierDecember 31, 2005

Things on the World Cup aren't like they used to be. Gone are the days when one could almost count on Bjorn Daehlie or Vladimir Smirnov (or Gunde Svan or Bill Koch) placing top three in just about every race. Whether it's the new head-to-head race formats, increased competition from many nations, or some other factor(s), today's World Cup results are getting more and more impossible to predict with even remote accuracy.

Vincent Vittoz V2's uphill in Canmore. Photo by Torbjorn Karlsen.

Hoffman's teammate Mikhail Botvinov was right behind in 4th, while Emmanuel Jonnier made it an even better day for France, finishing 5th. Italy's best result was Pietro Piller Cottrer's 6th place (last season's 15km World Champion) and Norway's best finish came from one of their less-experienced racers, John Anders Gaustad (7th.)

World Cup overall leader Tobias Angerer of Germany finished 2 minutes 22 seconds back in 35th today, while Sweden's big star Matthias Fredrikkson was 28th. The much-celebrated Norwegian biathlete, Lars Berger, finished near the back in 51st place, proving once and for all that biathletes will never be as fast as cross country skiers (however this could change tomorrow.)

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