World Cup Long Distance: Tove Alexandersson and Magne Dæhli prove strongest

Posted on | May 28, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

Two dramatic races in hilly and technically challenging Finnish terrain today ended with victory for Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Magne Dæhli, Norway. They had started fifth and sixteenth respectively in the chasing start, both taking advantage of mistakes being made by the early leaders.

In the women’s race Maja Alm DEN and Helena Jansson SWE set out first, 2 seconds apart, and ran well. But Alexandersson was clearly very determined, starting 1.31 down, and got in touch when the leaders made a small mistake at control 13. In the final stages she proved to be the strongest and most accurate, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Jansson, with Alm a further 4 seconds down.

There was then a wait of 4½ minutes for the next finisher, such was the pace set by the first three. Natalia Gemperle RUS came in just ahead of Sabine Hauswirth SUI and Emma Johansson SWE, Johansson having picked up from a starting position of 12th. Line Strand SWE, who set out third today, finished 17th.

The strongest start in the men’s race was that of William Lind SWE who was thirteenth to start, 2.56 behind the initial race leader Martin Regborn SWE. For quite a while he ran with team-mate Emil Svensk, and at the spectator passage these two led a chasing pack of six runners by 1.50. The final loop was hilly and a 1-minute mistake by the leaders at control 24 brought the chasing pack in sight. By control 27, with 2 controls to go, all eight were more or less together.

It was Magne Dæhli, who started sixteenth and 3.10 down on the first starter, who came through the last control first and charged up the run-in to take victory by 2 seconds. Lind was second and Svensk third. These three had set up a small gap at the end and it was Daniel Hubmann who was next to finish, 14 seconds down.

Two unlucky absentees today were Ida Bobach DEN, who broke a bone in her left foot near the end of the Middle race and will be out of action for the rest of the season, and Olav Lundanes NOR, who should have started fourth today but was unable to compete because of a throat infection.

Today’s results lists are also the order of World Cup standings at the end of this round. The next competitions counting for World Cup points are the World Championships individual finals in Estonia at the beginning of July.

Leading results

Women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE
  2. Helena Jansson SWE + 0.27
  3. Maja Alm DEN + 0.31
  4. Natalia Gemperle RUS + 5.09
  5. Sabine Hauswirth SUI + 5.15
  6. Emma Johansson SWE + 5.18

Men

  1. Magne Dæhli NOR
  2. William Lind SWE + 0.02
  3. Emil Svensk SWE + 0.03
  4. Daniel Hubmann SUI + 0.14
  5. Eskil Kinneberg NOR + 0.17
  6. Johan Runesson SWE + 0.34

 

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