Quentin Fillon Maillet second in the World Cup behind the untouchable Johannes Boe
The black series stops for Quentin Fillon Maillet. Deprived of the podium in the first eight individual races of the 2022-2023 season, the Frenchman took second place on Saturday 7 January, during the pursuit of Pokljuka (Slovenia). Very fast on skis, Quentin Fillon Maillet was also accurate against goals (19/20), to offer himself a return to the front row. However, his performance wasn’t enough to secure Johannes Boe’s first place this season. Once again well above the pack, the Norwegian won by over a minute ahead of the competition. All while releasing his effort during the last lap.
“There is a lot of energy on skis. It’s frustrating, when you were used to good seats last year, to have trouble fighting., Quentin Fillon Maillet confided yesterday, on the microphone of the L’Equipe channel, after a sprint that ended in a disappointing ninth place. Far from the best, and above all from Johannes Boe, the Frenchman seemed to have also mortgaged his chances for the pursuit (during which the runners start with the delays recorded compared to the winner at the finish line of the sprint race).
A frustrating situation for Quentin Fillon Maillet, author of an extraordinary winter 2021-2022, which concluded with two Olympic titles and a crystal ball, rewarding the overall winner of the World Cup. In the pursuit of Pokljuka, the French built his comeback lap after lap, shot after shot, missing only one ball on the last shot from a standstill.
End of series for Norway
Conversely, his two rivals Sturla Lægreid (fourth) and Tommaso Giacomel (fifth) were more inaccurate late on, each missing two balls. A golden opportunity that Quentin Fillon Maillet didn’t miss, thus getting on the podium together with Johannes Boe and his older brother Tarjei (third).
” Feels good. Finally a podium, finally real sensations on skis. We had to fight until the end. It was fantastic, a delight” the Frenchman told L’Equipe after the race. If his performance does not allow him to put an end to the supremacy of the youngest of the Boe brothers, he at least has the merit of upsetting (slightly) the domination of the Norwegians. In the last three individual competitions, Johannes Boe and his compatriots had always managed to score a hat-trick. This time they have to “settle” for first, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth place…
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