DEC 17, 2018
After difficult phases in his career he has changed a lot, even his material set up. That was the right decision as quality always pays off in the long run: Evgeniy Belov, the new addition to the Atomic Nordic Team from Russia celebrated his first win on Atomic in his second race in the cross-country World Cup 15km freestyle in Davos. As he always believed in himself.
A career like a roller coaster ride. Even in his early years Evgeniy Belov was exceptionally talented and performed well in the World Cup. Before he, being involved in the Russian Ski Federation in the Sochi case, had to go through hard times, until he was finally exonerated by the International Sports Court of Law. With cross-country coach Marcus Cramer Evgeniy looked closely at his recent athlete’s history, chapter for chapter, his training, nutrition and material. In summer the Redster performance tests convinced the Russian to change to the material from Altenmarkt. A perfect decision which now appears to be paying off for both sides. In his race a week ago he narrowly missed a place on the podium and in the 15 kilometer freestyle race in Davis he celebrated his first World Cup win. It’s worth mentioning that this was just his second race on new material. A World Cup performance, especially regarding his power timing: at the last interval Evgeniy Belov was a second behind.
“The whole team cheered. Evgeniy has definitely earned this victory, after everything he has been through. In the Russian team many young athletes are pushing forward, which means that Evgeniy had to perform from the very first race. He’s done that. His win definitely takes the pressure off his shoulders, even his participation in the World Championships is certain for him after two top results in the first two races”, described Peter Landl how important the debut win was for Evgeniy Belov and why he is now beyond criticism.
Unlike the Davos winner the others in the Atomic team weren’t able to benefit from the fast material: Sondre Fossli missed the final due to a fall; Tiril Udnes Weng didn’t make it to the final as one of her competitors accidentally snapped open her binding with their ski. Lotta Udnes Weng and Hanna Falk are also better than their results in Davos say. The material set up was also in top form at the biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen, as the video analyses prove. In the pursuit Simon Eder turned in his third best time (he’s never been as strong as this in his career to-date) and came in 14th in the sprint and pursuit. Benjamin Weger came in 6th place in the pursuit.