MTB Orienteering World Cup: Double Schaffner victory

Posted on | May 6, 2012 | Category: News

The six best in the women’s middle distance race. Photo: Laszlo Zentai

Switzerland’s Christine Schaffner, four times a MTBO World Champion, won today’s Middle Distance race in the World Cup by 25 seconds over yesterday’s winner Marika Hara, Finland. It was quite a day for the Schaffner family: husband Beat also took victory in the men’s race, winning by 19 seconds.

Christine completed the 11.2 km course with 365 m climb in the Prague region of the Czech Republic in 46.27. A good day for Switzerland was completed by a third-place ride from Maja Rothweiler, moving up one place from yesterday.

Luca Dallaville, Italy, took second place in the men’s race over 16.6. km with 460 m climb. The winning time was 52.35. The home spectators could cheer three Czech riders in the top six, the best of them being Jan Svoboda in third place. Yesterday’s winner Samuel Pökälä had to be content with 8th place today, and World Rankings leader Samuli Saarela was 12th.

This first round of the MTBO World Cup ends tomorrow with a mixed relay – teams of three including at least one woman.

Middle Distance race: leading results


  1. Christine Schaffner SUI 46:27
  2. Marika Hara FIN 46:52
  3. Maja Rothweiler SUI 47:01
  4. Hana Bajtošová SVK 47:43
  5. Olga Vinogradova RUS 49:01
  6. Svetlana Poverina RUS 49:36


  1. Beat Schaffner SUI 52:35
  2. Luca Dallaville ITA 52:54
  3. Jan Svoboda CZE 54:27
  4. Marek Pospíšek CZE 55:04
  5. Pekka Niemi FIN 55:07
  6. Jiří Hradil CZE 55:22


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