Affected by the coronavirus, Sturla Holm Laegreid will not make the trip to Östersund next weekend. As a result, Johannes Thingnes Boe is already guaranteed to win the big Crystal Globe in the general classification of the Biathlon World Cup.
There was almost no more suspense… There is now more. While he is 299 points behind his compatriot Johannes Thingnes Boe and there are still five individual events left, a theoretical maximum of 450 points to take, Sturla Holm Laegreid was not beyond the reach of his leader. in the overall World Cup standings. But the situation has changed profoundly.
After missing the races held last weekend in Nove Mesto, having tested positive for coronavirus, Sturla Holm Laegreid has given up on the three events scheduled this week in Östersund, with an individual from this Thursday then a relay this Saturday and a Mass Start in conclusion this Sunday. Unable to take more than 270 points by the end of the season at Oslo-Holmenkollen on March 19, the Norwegian allows his compatriot to win the big Crystal Globe without running.
JT Boe, equal of Poirée and Ullrich
Like his brother Tarjei, Johannes Thingnes Boe will also be absent during the individual but also the relay which will take place this week in the Swedish station. However, a return to competition for the Boe siblings is still possible for the Mass Start scheduled for this Sunday.according to the Norwegian Biathlon Federation.
Already crowned during the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, giving way to Quentin Fillon Maillet last year, Johannes Thingnes Boe will get his hands on a fourth big Crystal Globe in his career, equaling at the same time Raphaël Poirée and Frank Ullrich in third place in the ranking in this area, behind Martin Fourcade and his seven titles but also Ole Einar Bjørndalen, crowned six times. For the one who won the trifle of five world titles this year in Oberhof, this success in the general classification of the World Cup crowns an almost perfect season.