Freshly crowned world champions, the French women only finished sixth in the last women’s relay of the Biathlon World Cup season, Saturday in Soldier Hollow (Utah) in the United States, where Ingrid Tandrevold’s Norway won. awarded the victory and the globe of the specialty.

Without Julia Simon, the holder of the big crystal globe, left to rest, nor Sophie Chauveau, deprived of traveling to the United States due to a visa problem, the French team, with a quartet composed of Gilonne Guigonnat, Justine Braisaz- Bouchet, Jeanne Richard and Lou Jeamonnot, obtained her worst result of the winter in the women’s relay: sixth, more than 2 minutes late. Standing in front of the targets, both Braisaz-Bouchet and Richard were unable to avoid a penalty lap. In total, the Blues used ten pick balls.

In front, the Norwegians, with Tandrevold as the last runner, won using only five pick balls. Rounding out the podium are Germany (7 pickaxe balls), at 17 sec 2/10th, and Sweden of the Oeberg sisters (10 pickaxe balls), at 42 sec.

The little crystal globe of the women’s relay thus escapes the Blues and falls into the hands of Norway. In addition to the world gold won in February, the French team had two World Cup successes in the women’s relay, in Oberhof and Ruhpolding in January. Until then, she had always been in the top 5 since the start of winter.