European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships – Tichovska and Bell wins the Sprint

Posted on | July 31, 2017 | Category: News

Martina Tichovska (CZE) and Lauri Malsroos (EST) were the reigning champions from the sprint distance in the European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Portugal in 2015. This year the European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships is held in Orleans outside of Paris in France.

Today’s sprint in the University campus of Orléans-la-source certainly was significantly flatter than the hilly sprint in the Portuguese town Cantanhede in 2015. The flat area with an extensive network of paved roads and walkways made it a high-speed race interrupted with slower riding if the athletes chose to make any shortcuts through grass or forested areas, making it a challenging sprint course.

Already at the first competition day, the French could celebrate on home ground. The Frenchman, Cedric Beill took the victory in a very tight competition in the men’s race. Behind him followed the champion from 2015, the Estonian Lauri Malsroos 7 seconds behind and Krystof Bogar from Czech Republic 19 seconds behind.

Cedric Beill on his way to the gold medal on home ground in France

In the women’s race, the two top ranked athletes in the World Cup total were fighting for the gold. Martina Tichovska was the fastest to complete the course and when Emily Benham missed to punch the last control before the finish line Tichovska defended her gold from 2015 with a clear margin. Tichovska’s enormous performance gave her a comfortable victory of more than 1 minute to the Dane Camilla Sogaard and Maja Rotweiler from Switzerland taking the silver and the bronze medals.

Martina Tichovska takes the gold in the Womens class for Czech Republic

In the junior classes the Russian Olga Mikhaylova took the gold Women 20 class and the Dane Thomas Steinthal won Men 20. For the youth, the victories went, as in the elite classes, to Czech Republic and the home nation France. Jan Hasek from Czech Republic won the Men 17 course by the smallest margin possible, only 1 second in front of Eerik Nurminen from Finland. In Women 17 Lucie Rudkiewicz took a comfortable victory and gave the home nation a great start on the event with 2 new champions to celebrate.

Results

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Men Elite:

  1. Cedric Beill, France 23:37
  2. Lauri Malsroos, Estonia 23:44
  3. Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 23:56
  4. Baptiste Fuchs, France 23:59
  5. Grigory Medvedev, Russia 24:06
  6. Konsta Vanhanen, Finland 24:11

Women Elite:

  1. Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 22:34
  2. Camilla Soegaard, Denmark 23:37
  3. Maja Rothweiler, Switzerland 24:00
  4. Gaelle Barlet, France 24:01
  5. Svetlana Poverina, Russia 24:15
  6. Hana Garde, France 24:19

Men 20

  1. Thomas Steinthal, Denmark 20:03
  2. Andrey Prozorov, Russia 20:38
  3. Samson Deriaz, France 20:39

Women 20

  1. Olga Mikhaylova, Russia 21:12
  2. Elvira Larsson, Sweden 21:43
  3. Constance Devillers, France 21:51

Men 17

  1. Jan Hasek, Czech Republic 17:07
  2. Eerik Nurminen, Finland 17:08
  3. Kylian Wymer, France 18:43

Women 17

  1. Lucie Rudkiewicz, France 18:44
  2. Jana Hnilica, Austria 19:29
  3. Saara YliHietanen, Finland 19:33

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