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Mikhail Tkachenko: “Young athletes compete in Idre. We need to see all of them”

Coach of the Russian men's team at the IBU cup Mikhail Tkachenko commented on his team's performance in the first race in Idre:

«I think that the performance was good for the first start in the season. Viktor Vasilyev finished third, he is speeding up. Alexander Pechyonkin was fast today, he was one of the best among all of the athletes. Timofey Lapshin performed good, however he broke a ski pole and lost some time.

Our young athletes compete in this IBU cup. We should see all of them. Vasilyev, Pechyonkin and Lapshin were great today. I expected more from Maxim Tsvetkov, he had a first staring group, the track's conditions were better. I also want to see progress of Burtasov and Popov.

I hope that the boys will progress before the next race. We will make a rotation — Sergey Bocharnikov will compete, and we will change the starting groups.»

RBU Media-office