Team Germany ready for the World Cup in Kuusamo - Ruka Triple
Second stage of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup takes place in Kuusamo as a mini-tour and German national could enlarge the German squad.
German team left Gällivare on Monday and went by bus to Kuusamo, and had first training already on Tuesday.
Sprinters wait for Düsseldorf
In spite of the fact that Ruka Triple kicks off this Friday with a Classical sprint, Germany’s head coach Jochen Behle left sprint specialists at home. “For sprinters it would be too much. They would have to take part in two distance races to get the points. Therefore we have decided that sprinters will be preparing properly for their premiere in Dusseldorf, "said Jochen Behle.
Behle satisfied with Fessel and Tscharnke
He could be satisfied with performance his athletes produced in Gällivare. “I am very pleased especially with Tim Tscharnke and Nicole Fessel. They both were able to confirm the good impression from the training and the first two World Cup competitions of the season showed a very convincing performance, “ he explained.
Tim Tscharnke entered the season with decent 11th place. “The start of the season went naturally very well for me. My goal in Kuusamo to score some points again,“ revealed Tscharnke.
Nicole Fessel had mixed feelings after Gällivare.”If somebody had told me before Gällivare that I would be in top 20 I would have been very happy. On the other hand I missed the qualification criteria for Oslo by only one spot and that annoys me little bit,” said Nicole Fessel. Despite successful kick off of the season she does not admit any preassure. “Naturally after such a good start in the season my expectations have risen. But I'm definitely not under pressure. I will just try to stay relaxed and deliver a few good races in Kuusamo,” said Fessel.
Germany's team for Kuusamo