Biathlon - Fourcade imperious as France claim relay win

World Cup leader Martin Fourcade was once more untouchable as he led France to men’s biathlon relay glory in Ruhpolding with a sensational final leg.

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Biathlon - Fourcade imperious as France claim relay win
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Martin Fourcade leads Erik Lesser of France (Imago)

The 2010 Vancouver silver medallist was outstanding in his shooting and took his team home in 1:13.11.2 ahead of World Cup leaders Norway and Austria.

That win was enough to push them up to third in the overall World Cup standings, behind the Norwegians who lead the way with 168 points, 20 clear of Russia, and six further clear of the French.

France were helped by some accurate shooting, with Fourcade, and his brother Simon, both going clear, and only three missed targets in total from the team which also featured Alexis Boeuf and Jean Guillaume Beatrix.

Despite those efforts, France were only fourth going into the final leg, but Fourcade saw off the challenge of Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen who missed four targets to fade back into second.

Svendsen did however manage to overhaul Austria’s Christoph Sumann who had gone into the final leg in the lead.

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