Nicole Fessel to lead the German squad on home soil in Düsseldorf
FIS Cross-Country World Cup makes it first stop in Düsseldorf, Germany with a full sprint weekend at the Rhine.
German Cross-Country team left Kuusamo on Monday but due to weather complications in Germany they had to stay for ten hours at the airport of Helsinki. DSV skiers are to come in Düsseldorf on Friday.
Season opener for German sprinters
Düsseldorf will see this season’s premier of German sprinters that are led by Tor Arne Hetland who created a joint training group with Swiss sprint specialists. Germany’s head coach Jochen Behle brings nine ladies and ten men to Düsseldorf. Except for Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Tobias Angerer all athletes will start in Saturday’s sprint qualifier. Sachenbacher-Stehle and Angerer will arrive on Saturday and will take part only in the team sprint.
Fessel leads DSV team as fourth overall
Good performances in Scandinavia promise that German audience has something to look forward to. "Kuusamo clearly indicated that we are on the right track. We are very pleased of course with Nicole Fessel. She will come to Düsseldorf as current number four in the overall World Cup standing,” explains Behle. Düsseldorf will welcome for the first this season World Cup event on the German soil and Behle gears up to show the team’s best in front of the home audience. “We are coming to Düsseldorf after a long time again with the entire team. Races in Düsseldorf have always been great and the audience is exceptional,” says German head coach.
Carry on the momentum
Nicole Fessel has been in great shape in Kuusamo and was second fastest in Sunday’s last stage of Ruka Triple. Only Norwegian Therese Johaug was quicker. She showed decent sprint might at the first stage where she qualified as 14th and finished 26th. "I am always very happy to race in Düsseldorf. Atmosphere and spirit of the race belongs to the World’s best. I am also especially motivated thanks to my latest results in Scandinavia. I will try to carry on the momentum and deliver my sprint’s best,” said Fessel.
Germany's line up