Thursday’s on the IBU World Cup featured the men’s 10-kilometer sprint in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France. Germany’s Benedikt Doll won in 23:22.1. It was Doll’s second World Cup win – he won the sprint at the 2017 IBU World Championships. On his way to the win, Doll shot clean.
Second place went to Tarjei Bø of Norway. He also shot clean to finish 9.4 seconds back. France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet was third (+11.3; 0+0).
For the U.S., Leif Nordgren was 38th (+1:36.4; 0+1), while teammate Sean Doherty placed 40th (+1:37.6; 1+0). Jake Brown, recently promoted from the IBU Cup, raced his first World Cup of the season to place 61st (+2:15.0; 1+1). Alex Howe raced to 79th (+2:46.0; 2+0).
Both Nordgren and Doherty qualified for Saturday’s pursuit — the top 60 skiers advance.
For Canada, Jules Burnotte was 66th (+2:27.2; 1+3), and Scott Gow 88th (+3:14.7; 1+3). Christian Gow and Aidan Millar did not start.