World Cup Finals this weekend in Switzerland

Posted on | September 28, 2011 | Category: News

The 2011 World Cup reaches its climax this weekend with two races in Switzerland, a Middle Distance race and the Final, the PostFinance Sprint, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Event Centre and venue for the Sprint is the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Home athlete Daniel Hubmann will be aiming to complete another outstanding season in style to win a fourth successive victory in the overall World Cup standings. He has a current lead of 148 points over nearest challenger Thierry Gueorgiou, but with both races counting in the final analysis and double points applying in the Sprint Final, victory is not yet assured. In the women’s standings, the Swedish athlete Annika Billstam leads by 81 points over her compatriot Lena Eliasson. Annika’s best previous World Cup placing was 4th in 2008.

There is prize money for the six best in the overall standings, and those now just outside the top 6 will be especially keen to get good results. In the men’s standings, Swiss runner Matthias Kyburz and Swede Anders Holmberg share 7th place, only 6 points down on Olav Lundanes (Norway) in 6th. In the women’s, Linnea Gustafsson (Sweden), Signe Søes (Denmark) and Minna Kauppi (Finland), winner last weekend in the Czech Republic, are the ones just outside the top 6.

72 women and 82 men representing 21 nations will be taking part in this Finals weekend. The middle distance race is on Saturday between 12.00 and 16.30 Swiss time, at La Grande Joux, a hilly area of mixed open pasture, semi-open land and forest. The Sprint will be held in the centre of La Chaux-de-Fonds, closed to traffic for the day, the women’s race starting at 12.46 and the men’s at 13.55.

Reports, photos and leading results will appear on this website after each race. More information is available on www.postfinancesprint.ch, where you will also find live coverage of the races.

Current leading World Cup standings
These are the best 7 scores from the first 8 races. To these will be added the scores from this weekend’s two races (the Sprint with double points) to give the final overall points scores.
Women
1. Annika Billstam SWE 399
2. Lena Eliasson SWE 318
3. Merja Rantanen FIN 303
4. Helena Jansson SWE 300
5. Maja Alm DEN 295
6. Dana Brozkova CZE 287
7. Linnea Gustafsson SWE 264
8. Signe Søes DEN 232
9. Minna Kauppi FIN 230

Men
1. Daniel Hubmann SUI 508
2. Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 360
3. Matthias Merz SUI 348
4. Matthias Mueller SUI 260
5. Pasi Ikonen FIN 258
6. Olav Lundanes NOR 247
7. Anders Holmberg SWE & Matthias Kyburz SUI 241

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