(Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade underlined his Olympic biathlon credentials when he won the last race before the Pyeongchang Games, the mass start in Antholz-Anterselva in Italy on Sunday.
Fourcade, the World Cup overall leader, made two mistakes at the first shooting session, before getting his composure back and taking a comfortable victory. His main rival, Norway's Johannes Boe, finished a distant sixth.
The 29-year-old, who already has two Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles, snatched his 15th podium finish in as many World Cup races this season.
"I raced smartly, and I even spared myself for the last lap but I didn't even need that energy," said Fourcade.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)