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EVGENIJ: 6TH PLACE AT THE TOUR DE SKI – HUGO IS U23 WORLD CUP LEADER

NORDIC JAN 11, 2021

EVGENIJ: 6TH PLACE AT THE TOUR DE SKI – HUGO IS U23 WORLD CUP LEADER

NORDIC JAN 11, 2021

Nordic

JAN 11, 2021

Atomic Nordic Race Manager Peter Landl's prediction for the Tour de Ski was pretty accurate: in absence of the Norwegian superstars his team had some strong moments at the 2021 Tour de Ski. Evgenij Belov finished the season’s first highlight in 6th place, despite major challenges; Hugo Lapalus landed in 10th and is now leading the Cross-Country World Cup’s U23 rankings. Valentin Chauvin sprinted into the world elite twice, while Janosch Brugger and Jonas Baumann also delivered top performances.

Evgenij is in good shape. The Atomic star was heading for the podium in the Tour de Ski’s second race in Val Müstair – but then he got caught up very unfortunately with his Russian teammate just before the finish line, crashed and lost more than a minute. He ended up in 8th place in the 15k classic race and in 12th place in the pursuit. Things got better in Toblach: 7th place in the skating competition and 3rd in the pursuit. However, in the mass start in Val di Fiemme (15k) Evgenij was out of luck again and crashed twice. He finished 4th in the final stage and 6th overall.

“Of course, without the mishaps we could have scored better results. Nevertheless, Evgenij is in shape and his material works well – place 6 on the Tour is a good result we’re happy with.”

Atomic Nordic Race Manager Peter Landl

And he is also happy with the performances of the other Redster Nordic athletes: in the absence of the Norwegians, Atomic youngster Hugo Lapalus finished the Tour de Ski in strong 10th place. He now even leads the Cross-Country World Cup’s U23 standings. Redster racer Valentin Chauvin sprinted to 7th in Val Müstair and 5th in Val di Fiemme, scoring important World Cup points. And Janosch Brugger (6th and 8th in the mass start resp. sprint in Val di Fiemme, 10th in Toblach) as well as Jonas Baumann delivered promising performances in view of the Nordic World Ski Championships. Peter Landl: “Of course, you have to take the absence of the Norwegians into account, including our top star Simen Hegstad Krueger. The other guys have all demonstrated high performance levels. As things stand, in Lahti and Falun at the end of January the Scandinavians are back in full force again. The fight for the World Cup tickets will be in full swing then and we’ll surely see exciting races."

Yet another success story from the biathletes: Atomic athlete Benjamin Weger took 10th place in the sprint race at the World Cup in Oberhof.

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