“The Norwegians are a little nervous,” said the Slovenian in Östersund, Sweden. The Scandinavians, who have dominated in the past, are vying for long-term winners. Johannes Thingnes Boe still without individual victories, and Roman Ries and Philipp Navrat have already achieved two successes in two races for the German Ski Association. “It’s not that nobody can play. Now we’re making them a little worried. That’s good for us, too,” said Velepek, 56, who replaced Mark Kirchner in the spring.

Going into the pursuit race at the end of the World Cup in central Sweden this Sunday (16:00/ZDF and Eurosport), three Germans lead the overall standings. He’s in the lead after his sprint triumph on Saturday Philip Navrat (102 points). Justus Strehlow (101) and Roman Rees (90). “Now we are in first, second and third place at the World Championships, this is a historical moment,” Velepets said, but quickly added: “We don’t think we will stay there for long, but we will enjoy the moment.” Because this is a dream day for us.”

IN Reese and Navrat, two Germans have already won the yellow jersey for the men’s team at the start of the Winter World Cup. Rees lost the jersey again on his debut, finishing 56th in the sprint. Velepets believes that at least one more member of his team will soon take first place. “Justus (Strehlov, D.Red) is definitely the hot favorite to win the jersey. He is a strong shooter and is in great shape,” the national trainer said before the hunt race.
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