MTBO World Cup 2015: Benham and Foliforov confirmed as winners

Posted on | August 20, 2015 | Category: News

With one race to go, Emily Benham, Great Britain and Anton Foliforov, Russia are already certain of victory in this year’s overall World Cup standings – just as in 2014. Results from tomorrow’s Long Distance races will decide who ends up second and third.

A competitor’s total score this year is the sum of her/his 5 best point scores out of the 8 World Cup races. Emily Benham won three of the first five races and was second in another, and her bronze medal at Middle Distance on Tuesday was enough to bring her the title. Martina Tichovska, seventh in the standings at the beginning of the week and the most successful so far of the home riders in the World Championships, can end just 5 points down on Benham if she wins the Long Distance race. But Gaelle Barlet, France will end up in second place overall if she wins the final race and Tichovska is second. Marika Hara, Finland also still has an outside chance of the third-place spot.

Victory in the Middle Distance has put Anton Foliforov in an unassailable position in the men’s standings. Jussi Laurila, Finland is the favourite to finish second overall, but a win tomorrow for either Baptiste Fuchs, France or Luca Dallavalle, Italy could mean they finish with more points if Laurila falters.

The Long Distance race promises to be a real test of strength and stamina as well as navigational ability: the forest is described as “really hilly” with a lot of valleys and ridges. W21 has 18 km (optimal route 25 km) with 820 m of climb and M21 is 22 km (32.3 km) / 960 m.

Thirty nations are represented at the Championships, including Belarus and Turkey with junior riders only.

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