Just one Night Pass - but why?

Andrei Mashak (RUS) is the only athlete who has pulled his one and only Night Pass for tonight.

RUS resting during X-Alps in Wagrain, Austria on June 13, 2021

Andrei Mashak (RUS) is at the back of the field currently in last position. He has taken a long time to get to Turnpoint 2 Wagrain-Kleinarl today. Whereas there is not yet an elimination of the last athlete coming up until Wednesday morning, Andrei pulled his Night Pass to be able to run through the night.

Usually athletes choose to do this to escape this elimination, the so-called axeman. Why did Andrei pull his Night Pass so early? Andrei's supporter Andrey Bukin said that they need it. "We are at the back and we need to catch up. We need it also tomorrow to avoid the elemination."

Andrei has not been really lucky so far this race. Yesterday on his run towards the top of the Gaisberg he got up last. This didn't seem a real issue, because the other athletes were partly still flying around the Gaisberg as well, looking for thermals. 

However, the flying day was proving difficult and Andrei and he ended up in the hills above the mountain resort of Wagrain-Kleinarl.

Today, it appeared that he was resting a lot in the hills above Wagrain. This, however, was a glitch in his GPS. He lost his signal. Andrey said: "It was a really narrow valley and we could not get a good signal. But Andrei started walking a little bit after 06:00am this morning and walked for five hours. Then he flew to Turnpoint 2 Wagrain-Kleinarl. After a little rest he started walking up and I will catch up with him soon."

The pair plans to walk through the night, pushing as hard as they can. "We want to see if we can get to Turnpoint 3 Kitzbühel-Hahnenkamm." 

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