Thierry Gueorgiou: “WOC Middle is a big goal”

Posted on | June 7, 2015 | Category: Arena

Thierry Gueorgiou is staying in Finland for about ten days after Jukola to prepare for a race on August 4th. The French has something to follow up.

Today he again won a Middle Distance race in the World Cup. His total of victories in the World Cup is now high. “How many World Cup victories I have? You have to look at I ‘m not sure”, he smiles.

At Tiomila four weeks ago he finished as number three in the run in after he had done almost all the work in the leading group. “I wasn’t in my best shape at that time. Now it’s much better. It’s looking good, but it’s hard to know how good it is and especially compared with how it will be at WOC. There it will be better runnability”, he says.

Finland and Scotland

He expects the Middle race at WOC to be very fast, and the Frenchman will stay in Joensuu, the home town of his Finnish club Kalevan Rasti, for ten days after Jukola. “In Joensuu I will concentrate on training for the Middle distance. I think this training will be suitable for Long too. After the camp in Finland I will go to Scotland for three weeks and mainly prepare for the Long distance”.

This will be like the programme for WOC: he will start with the Middle distance. “After some years not doing so well on that distance I’m eager to win again, but I know I have to have an incredibly good day to win. It’s a tough competition. About ten men can win”.

Still the pressure

Even though he has been in the business for a long time and also has had a remarkably succesful journey, he still has the hunger that’s needed. “I know I am coming close to the end of my career, but I don’t know if it will be after this or next year. I am motivated. I still don’t like to lose. I really felt it when I didn’t win Tiomila. That’s good. Of course I’m not feeling the same pressure at all races, but it’s the same at the important ones. Compared to earlier I also know more about what to do. I have much more experience in my training and competition”, the winner says.

The men had to find 20 controls during the race of 6.3 kilometres with 290 metres of climb in Munkedal.


Text and photo: Erik Borg

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