VIESSMANN FIS World Cup Cross-Country in Oberstdorf (Germany), Men Pursuit 15 km C + 15 km F, 21.01.2006
Angerer unbeatable in Oberstdorf (GER)
Tobias Angerer (Germany) won the Pursuit Race of the Cross-Country World Cup in Oberstdorf. The winning athlete from Germany finished the course just 0,4 seconds in a sprint ahead of the 28-years-old Anders Soedergren from Sweden. Angerer's team mate RenÃ© Sommerfeldt took the third place 25,2 seconds behind the winner. A surprise was 29-years-old Martin Tauber from Austria. He took 4th place, the first top-ten place in his career.
Chris Jeffries of Canada was 24th, George Grey was 38th, Dan Roycroft 39th. The Americans might still be adjusting to being in Europe, as Carl Swenson was 41st and Kris Freeman 42nd in the 43 man field.
During the free technique part of the race, Giorgio Di Centa (Italy) felt down in one uphill and Mathias Fredriksson from Sweden crashed into him. Afterwards both continue with the race, but Fredriksson had to change his broken ski.
Tobias Angerer increase the overall lead on the top of the World Cup standings ahead of Tor Arne Hetland and Vincent Vittoz who didn't compete today.
Snow conditions: wet
Quotes of the top three athletes:
Tobias Angerer, GER: “It is my fifth victory this year, I have no explanation for that, it is almost a little bit weird for my. We started very strong today and nearly the whole team run together in the top. But unfortunately Axel Teichmann's pole was broken and felt back. We tried to help him but the Swedish athletes started to make the speed, so we had to follow. I felt very good in the today's race. I thought that I had a little “open account” with Oberstdorf and now I had “paid my bill”. I realize that Anders was so strong in the up hills. So my tactics was to try to follow him and come out of the last downhill with a high speed to have the chance to pass him.
Anders Soedergren, SWE: “I had good ski's and felt quite strong in today's race, but I had to push me a lot. I'm really happy about my race, the first podium place this year and it was quite good for my confidence especially in the view to the Olympics. I tried my best in the finish but Tobias Angerer was so strong and came like a cannonball from behind. My goal is it to win a Olympic medal, but of course a lot of athletes would like to win one. Now I will leave this evening to the Seiser Alm (Italy) and train in the high altitude. ”
RenÃ© Sommerfeldt, GER:”I'm very glad about my race today and my first podium place this season. My shape get better and better. It was very good for my self-confidence. Our team is in a good shape and we had very good ski's today especially in the classical part. I will also go to the Seiser Alm tomorrow and make a high altitude training until the World Cup in Davos.”