Biathlon – Relais de Ruhpolding (M): Jacquelin and Fourcade happy to return to team victory

Mathieu WARNIER, published on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 7:31 p.m.

After the Ruhpolding men's relay, which saw the France team end almost three years of famine in the year, Emilien Jacquelin and Martin Fourcade made no secret of their satisfaction.

Since March 2017 and the Pyeongchang World Cup stage, the French team has never won a men's relay. Emilien Jacquelin, Martin Fourcade, Simon Desthieux and Quentin Fillon Maillet put an end to this scarcity during the race disputed this Saturday at Ruhpolding. A victory which, to hear the Tricolores, was expected. “Last year it was third place here in Ruhpolding and it was already a lot of happiness. But here it is the first … With the team we dreamed of it, it's been three years since it had not happened, recalled Emilien Jacquelin at the microphone of the chain L'Equipe. I am very happy to be part of it, I stressed a lot, I think Martin noticed it since yesterday (Friday) evening. I put it all aside to try to stay focused on work. I am very happy with my stint and the whole team of course. "

Fourcade: "Nothing worth the world title"

With three Frenchmen in the first three places in the general classification of the World Cup, this victory could be obvious, but, according to Martin Fourcade, circumstances can vary the result. "There is no doubt about having a team that is competitive to win," assures the leader of the general classification of the World Cup at the microphone of the L'Equipe channel. Then, we see between last week and this week, we have exactly the same team, we have exactly the same opponents and it's not at all the same answer. This Ruhpolding relay was the last rehearsal before the World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva and a team title is in the mind of Martin Fourcade. "It is certain that there is nothing worth the world title and the French had it a few years ago already at the World Championships in Pokljuka, recalls the leader of the France team. It is sure that we too want to go get it, I want to say a little tribute also for the staff and all that we have done well since the start of the season. "