the 5th stage of the biathlon world Cup, which ended in German Ruhpolding, though not brought Anton Shipulin no 1 personal podium, let the resident of Russia to get nearer to overall leading to a Frenchman Martin Fourcade. The fight for the big Crystal globe continues and goes into the main phase.
The best feature of the 5th world Cup will be the word "controversial". It seems like the only time to be on the podium domestic athletes happened after the men's relay, and neither male nor ladies ' team failed to avoid problems with the health of athletes. On the other hand the stage to some extent can be considered a success for Shipulina, which, despite the absence in the top three in the sprint and mass start, with failures Fourcade approached the Frenchman in the overall world Cup standings.
Shipulin, which continues to fight Fourcade for the big Crystal globe in the sprint demonstrated the 4th time. A resident of Russia, which summed up the last shot in standing, lost to Norwegian Johannes Boe and the representatives of Germany Simon Shampoo and Arnd Peiffer. Had little Shipulin and mass start: a bad blunder at the final standing, desperate struggle on the last lap, but only sixth place.
However wretchedly poor performance Fourcade (21st place) allowed Shipulin as close to the Frenchman in the overall world Cup standings. After 5 stages citizen of Russia is second with 471 points, Fourcade 516 points. Shipulin said that he tries not to think about this fight, as it can prevent you from concentrating on individual races.
"Try not to think about it, for the following reasons this would let the race. I try to spend every race at the maximum, and at the end of the season I will have a look. Well, I go second in the overall standings, it's nice to wear the red Jersey of the favorite, but think about it early, because you need to work, work and work" - quoted Shipulin "R-Sport".
Another stroke of conflicting Ruhpolding men's team of the Russian Federation for the first time this season failed to win the relay race in the scale of the world Cup. Of course, someday it was going to happen. Especially considering the emergency replacement Malyshko Volkov in connection with the illness of an athlete is unlikely our team was an absolute favorite. Stronger this time the Russians were Norwegians and Germans. But most importantly, the second race in a row successfully coped with its own stage, Evgeny Garanichev, which gradually becomes more reliable Estafeta.
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