There was plenty of action this weekend on and off slopes in Les Contamines, France for the second FIS Telemark World Cup of the season.
Just like at Hintertux, Austria for the opening, The Swiss and German teams lead the way but this time the French kicked up an notch as the host nation; Amélie Reymond of Switzerland continued her striking advance by winning all World Cup races this season, including in Les Contamines. The BornSkier ambassador dominates for last few years.
On Saturday, Amélie Reymond won the Sprint ahead of Laura Grenier-Soliget of France by over 4 seconds taking second place and Mathilde Ilebrekke of Norway for third. The other BornSkier ambassador in course, Jasmin Taylor of Great Britain finished seventh. In the Men’s, Tobias Mueller of Germany won the Sprint ahead of a Swiss pair, Bastien Dayer in second and Nicolas Michel in third. The French team nearly made it with five consecutive racers just missing the podium with 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place!
On Sunday in the Parallel Sprint Amélie Reymond won first place in front of Mathilde Ilebrekke of Norway for second, Nina Steinhauer of Germany for third and Laura Grenier-Soliget of France for fourth. France was well represented in the Men’s final four: Philippe Lau or France took the gold, Tobias Mueller of Germany second place in front of Nicolas Michel of Switzerland and Sven Lau of France (brother of Philippe Lau).
On Monday in the Sprint, Amélie Reymond took her usual stop in front of two French racers, Argeline Tan Bouquet for the second place and Kaline Osaki for third. In the Men’s race Tobias Mueller won again in front of Nicolas Michel of Switzerland and Philippe Lau of France.
The next World Cup will take place in Rauris, Austria on January 18 and 19, 2014.