Aurélien Canot, Media365, published on Friday January 13, 2023 at 7:35 p.m.
During the third women’s relay of the season, this Saturday in Ruhpolding (Germany), the French team will present themselves with three of Les Bleues who won in Hochfilzen on December 11th. However, if Lou Jeanmonnot, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet and Chloé Chevalier will be renewed, Julia Simon will be preserved in view of the mass start on Sunday.
Les Bleues with three of Hochfilzen’s four heroines. Saturday in Ruhpolding (Germany), on the occasion of the third women’s relay of the season, the French team will field three of the biathletes who won the second meeting of the specialty, on December 11 on Austrian snow. That day, Lou Jeanmonnot, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, her sister Chloé Chevalier and Julia Simon, the last torchbearer that day when she still hadn’t missed a single standing shot all winter, had caused a resounding the Marseillaise in this region more lulled by Tyrolean songs. The first three will try to do it again, on Saturday during this third women’s relay scheduled the day after the third men’s relay, which on Friday saw the French quartet (composed of Eric Perrot, Quentin Fillon Maillet, Antonin Guigonnat and Fabien Claude) climb again on the podium. Jeanmonnot, Chloé Chevalier, as had already been the case in Hochfilzen will try again to set the tone from the first two stints. Sophie Chauveau will follow in their footsteps. Contrary to the configuration that allowed France to win in Austria at the end of last year, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet will not take on the role of third torchbearer this time, but of last torchbearer.
First for Chauveau
And for good reason: Simon, the new leader of this French biathlon team who failed at the foot of the podium in Kontiolahti during the first relay of the season, will not be there. The first in the general classification of the World Cup for the moment is however still in great shape, as evidenced by her very good 3rd place in the individual on Thursday. It is precisely in this sense that she will be left to rest on Saturday during the relay, with the hope for the French camp of seeing their leader end the Bavarian weekend in apotheosis, Sunday on the mass start, including Simon will once again undoubtedly be one of the great favorites with her great rival Elvira Oeberg. To replace her alongside Jeanmonnot, on Friday for the first time in her young career on a podium in the World Cup (she had finished 2nd in the individual), Sophie Chauveau was logically called. La Bornandine, who had burst the screen on her land but has experienced more difficulties since, will at the same time make her big debut on the specialty. Hoping for the Blues that, even without Simon, they will manage to repeat the Hochfilzen coup.