“We would really like to achieve a similar result with the guys,” said Bitterling after winning the long-awaited first medal for the German team in Nove Mesto.

Despite the disappointing results, national team coach Uroš Velepec believes in his team. “It is important for me that they know that they are good and that their form will not disappear in one or two days,” the 56-year-old Slovenian said today in the individual competition (17:20/ZDF and Eurosport). ), in which Roman ReesBenedikt Doll, Philipp Horn and Johannes Kühn take the start line.

Horn defends the technical team

DSV ski hunters headed to the Czech Republic in high spirits after four wins and a further four podium finishes in the individual races of the previous winter’s World Cup. But 13th place with Doll Kühn’s best results in the sprint and 15th place in the pursuit are also explained by the fact that the material was not yet suitable. Things were finally going much better in the women’s race. There should now also be competitive material for men.

horn the technical team defended themselves. “Our specialists are the first to leave the hotel and the last to return home. They give it their all, they really work their hardest, and you can’t blame them,” Horn said. Already in the pursuit race, where after a disappointing sprint everything was aimed at improving results, the team would show what it is capable of. Much is possible individually.

Filbrich: The shape fits

“We are in good shape. We start Wednesday with the confidence that we know we have been with the Norwegians all season,” Velepec said. The Scandinavians celebrated triple success in the sprint and five times success in the pursuit in the Czech Republic.

Despite the lack of medals, “we have to remain relaxed and not panic. We must attack again,” Velepets said. Discipline coach Jens Filbrich is also confident that the form is correct. There is no self-doubt. “The boys come together and keep their heads held high,” the former skier said.
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