MTB Orienteering World Cup: Finnish riders dominate Long Distance

Posted on | June 3, 2012 | Category: News

The top six women at Long distance: (from left) Susanna Laurila, Ingrid Stengård, Marika Hara, Maja Rothweiler, Christine Schaffner-Räber, Hana Bajtošová.

Finnish riders took the first three places in the women’s Long Distance race and first place in the men’s in Poland today. Ingrid Stengård, leader of the World Cup standings at the beginning of this round, won the women’s race by 34 seconds, whilst Jussi Laurila, after placing second in both of the previous races here, finished 1.20 ahead of the rest of the field today.

It was quite a day for the Laurila family, with both Jussi and Susanna Laurila coming in with next-best performances at international level. Susanna won a World Cup Long Distance mass-start race in Sweden last June and Jussi won the Middle race in the same round. Today, Susanna finished 3.10 ahead of third-placed Marika Hara on the 28.7 km course in hilly terrain. For Ingrid Stengård today was a triumph at the end of an otherwise disappointing week; she was disqualified in the Sprint and could finish only 8th in yesterday’s Middle distance race.

Jussi Laurila, who started MTB orienteering at international level in 2008, is getting steadily stronger and more consistent. He was well ahead of second-placed František Bogar, Czech Republic by the end of the 36.8 km race. Bogar’s team-mate Martin Ševčik finished second, and another Czech rider, Jiři Hradil, also got on the podium in 6th place.

Jussi Laurila on his way to victory.

Riders now have a break from the World Cup until 20th August, when the World Championships begin in Hungary.

Leading results

1.    Ingrid Stengård FIN 1:26:33
2.    Susanna Laurila FIN 1:27:07
3.    Marika Hara FIN 1:30:17
4.    Maja Rothweiler SUI 1:30:27
5.    Christine Schaffner-Räber SUI 1:30:34
6.    Hana Bajtošová SVK 1:30:47

1.    Jussi Laurila FIN 1:44:30
2.    František Bogar CZE 1:45:50
3.    Martin Ševčik CZE 1:45:55
4.    Sebastian Wojtynek POL 1:46:51
5.    Yoann Garde FRA 1:47:07
6.    Jiři Hradil CZE 1:47:24

Photos: Ludomir Parfianowicz

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