The 32-year-old managed three spare rounds, but above all could not keep up on the track. Lesser handed over as 20th, 1:23 minutes behind Rees.
No explanation for the break-in
The last lap didn’t go at all. I don’t have a real explanation, ”said DSV doctor Jan Wüstenfeld to ZDF. After crossing the finish line, Lesser collapsed and supervisors had to help him up. Lesser, who has been plagued by back problems in the past, is doing well so far, says Wüstenfeld. He had “never seen a break-in on this scale,” Rees said. Lesser didn’t look good when he came in. I’m sorry for Erik, ”said Peiffer.
The last world title came in 2015 in Kontiolahti.
The World Cup will end on Sunday with the mass start races for women over 12.5 km (12.30 p.m.) and men over 15 km (3:15 p.m.; TV: ZDF and Eurosport). So far, the DSV team has won silver twice. In addition to the women’s relay, Peiffer was successful in singles.
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