The monitor: nearly the similar as in the World Cup
The Blues know effectively this monitor of Idre Fjall, in Sweden. They put their suitcases there just a little over two weeks in the past for three races. Bastien Midol received on the first day, forward of François Place (third) in the dash format. Canadian Howden Reece received the different two races. For these Worlds, the monitor shall be nearly unchanged.
“We already know a little how it’s going to turn out, explains François Place, reigning world champion. It’s a track where you have to be super fair, you must not miss this final straight which is very long. The slightest mistake is not forgiving. Honestly, almost anyone can win, because when you enter that straight, anything can happen. It’s an atypical race, it rarely happens like that on the rest of the World Cup circuits. There is no real favorite, 15/20 people who can claim to win on Saturday. “
The title holder: François Place
In 2019, the Marseillaise had resounded due to the former alpine skier François Place. “The goal stays in fact, to attempt to go to the ultimate, to have a medal, Place smiles. If there’s a medal, it is going to be nice. If there is not, it is as a result of others can have been stronger than me that day. I do not put any explicit stress on myself. I ski for myself, to please myself. The stress shall be good, optimistic. “
Six times in the top 5 this season, with three podiums (including one in Idre Fjall, the venue for the Worlds), the 31-year-old Frenchman is the best blue overall in the World Cup (4th).
The skilled staff from France
Alongside the reigning world champion, the Blues have a strong cast of numerous World Cup podiums: the 2014 Olympic champion and three-time World Cup winner Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, the winner of the crystal globe in 2019 Bastien Midol and Jonathan Midol, winner in Val Thorens in December. All four are currently in the top 10 worldwide.
On the males’s facet, just one rookie will take the Swedish begin: Youri Duplessis-Kergomard. At 24, the skier from Méribel, 2nd in the Val Thorens stage in December 2019, will expertise his first Worlds.