Victories for Alexandersson and Khrennikov in Ski-O Tour

Posted on | January 16, 2017 | Category: News

Ski-O Tour in Switzerland and Austria was the season’s first big test for the best Ski Orienteers. Tove Alexandersson and Eduard Khrennikov showed most stability with overall victories, though the overall standings indicate an exciting season ahead.

The annual multiday competition Ski-O Tour, which took place 7-14 January, attracted many of the very best Ski Orienteers to get a feeling of their shape a little less than a month before the European SkiO Championships take place in Finland.

Six events were scheduled, spread equally between three different venues, with four races in Switzerland and the final two in Austria. The weather was not on the side of the Ski-O Tour organisers, so the venues were changed a few times leading up to the event and during the week the sixth and final race had to be removed from the overall score due to a massive snowfall.

In the end, the event still offered good competitions. In the women’s it was a tight battle between Tove Alexandersson and Mariya Kechkina, exactly as throughout the most of the 2016 season. Tove Alexandersson drew the longest straw with an 18 seconds overall win over Mariya Kechkina after all five distances.

Tove Alexandersson at the first stage of Ski-O Tour. Photo: Martin Jörg

Mariya Kechkina was strongest on the first and fifth stages, both Long distances. On the other hand, Tove Alexandersson was best on the shorter second and third stages. The fourth stage was won by Alena Trapeznikova and together with stable races in the rest, she made it to third overall, 2.40 behind Alexandersson.

In the men’s, Stanimir Belomazhev from Bulgaria seemed to be cruising towards the overall victory with victories in the first three stages. At the fourth and fifth stages he finished in fifth and seventh position respectively which took him down into third overall. Instead, the victory went to Eduard Khrennikov who made top three positions at all five stages. Second position overall was the 2016 World Cup winner Erik Rost, 2.07 behind Khrennikov.

Eduard Khrennikov from Russia. Photo: Martin Jörg

Even though the sixth race did not count towards the overall score, it was fulfilled as a mass start. Erik Rost was fastest on the men’s 4.1 kilometres course, with the top 10 within 25 seconds. In the women’s, the race became a battle between Tove Alexandersson and Mariya Kechkina and, once again, Tove Alexandersson was victorious, winning by 22 seconds.

Now the Ski Orienteers have little less than a month to adjust the last details in their preparations before the European SkiO Championships take place in Finland 7-12 February.

 

All results; both individual stages and overall.

Overview from the third and fourth stages venue Heuberge:

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