Haywood RACE Report: Julien Locke 15th in Dresden World Cup sprint

    January 13, 2018


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    The World Cup moved to downtown Dresden, Germany for today's "city sprint". It was a skate sprint, with the snow trucked in for the race, and temperatures were just above zero with damp conditions.

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    The snow was quite soft and slushy on the training day, but had been salted, to provide quite firm conditions for the races. The course was relatively short and flat, but with a fair bit of room for passing.

    In the morning qualifier Julien Locke was the top Canadian, finishing 16th behind French racer Lucas Chanavat who had edged out Norway's Johannes Klaebo for the top time. Bob Thompson was 50th, and Dominique Moncion-Groulx 59th, a fraction of a second ahead of Antoine Briand who was 60th. Only Julien moved on to the quarterfinals.

    Qualifying Results

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    13.01.2018, Dresden, Germany (GER): Antoine Briand (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Dresden (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

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    13.01.2018, Dresden, Germany (GER): Dominique Moncion-Groulx (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Dresden (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.


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    13.01.2018, Dresden, Germany (GER): Bob Thompson (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Dresden (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus. 

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    13.01.2018, Dresden, Germany (GER): Julien Locke (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Dresden (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

    For the quarter finals Julien's main competition was drawn Evan Northug of Norway, Richard Jouve of France and Andy Newell of the U.S.

    Julien didn't have the best start and Andy Newell took the early lead.  It wasn't much father along the course where Julien took a chance to move to the front and he stayed in the lead for much of the race. He slowed a little on the only real climb near the finish.

    The slight falter allowed Northug to jump into the lead on the finishing straight, with Jouve following, and Julien finished slightly behind for 3rd at the line.



    Unfortunately Julien's time was just a bit off the "lucky loser" time, so did not move on to the semis. Both Jouve and Northug moved on to the finals where they finished 4th and 6th respectively.

    The winner was Italian Federico Pellegrino, with Klaebo 2nd, the first time he hasn't won a World Cup he has entered this season, and Chanavat was 3rd. Julien finished up 15th, a great race and best ever result for the World Cup rookie.

    Heat progression
    Results

    Julien Locke: "I am quite happy with my race. I felt fast and had great skis. It was a short course without a lot of chances to make a move on teh group, so I wanted to get out in front early and stay there. It was a quick turnaround from Mont Ste. Anne, but it didn't seem to have an effect on my racing."

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    23.11.2017, Ruka, Finland, (FIN): Julien Locke (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, photoshooting, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus

    Tomorrow's races on the mini-tour are skate sprints.

    In Vang Norway Emily Nishikawa was 19th (correction from an earlier tweet) and Graeme Killick was 25th in their respective skiathlon races at the Norwegian Championships. Results

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