SkiO World Cup: second win for Lamov

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

Andrey Lamov, Russia took his second victory in Ylläs, Finland today, winning the Middle Distance race by 25 seconds. Tove Alexandersson, Sweden was the women’s winner by 34 seconds.

In good skiing conditions, the courses were technically and physically challenging, including a long downhill section followed by a gradual climb back up again, in terrain with quite a lot of contour detail and many paths and tracks running in all directions. Lamov had a slow start, registering fourth after 5.3 km of the 11.8 km course, but his strength and agility on the uphills brought him into first place by the end. “There was a lot of fast downhill skiing early on. There were hard and soft places and in parts it was tricky,” said Lamov afterwards. “But I eventually got into a good flow and felt confident. I am in good shape right now.”

Men’s flower ceremony: Lars Moholdt, Andrey Lamov and Sergey Gorlanov  

Lars Moholdt, Norway was number two, a much better result for him than in the Sprint. “I am very happy with second place,” he said. “I prefer longer races and I am looking forward to the Long Distance.” He was leading after 5.3 km but lost a bit to Lamov in the second half of the race. Sergey Gorlanov, Russia moved up one place from the Sprint, finishing third, 50 seconds down on Lamov.

Tove Alexandersson really got her act together today, being fastest throughout. “I am very happy with this race,” she said. The Russian Mariya Kechkina came second, just as in the Sprint. She also had a very consistent race, and was simply just a bit slower than Alexandersson. There was a big gap in time, 2.03, down to third-placed Anastasia Kravchenko, also from Russia, who held that position in the race at each of the intermediate timing points. Best home skier was Sprint winner Salla Koskela in fifth place.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and the final competition in this round is a Long Distance race on Thursday with mass start. The women’s race starts at 11.00 and the men’s at 11.15, both times UTC + 2. Follow them Live on – there’s no charge!

Leading results, Middle Distance

Women, 10.0 km

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 39:35
  2. Mariya Kechkina RUS 40:09
  3. Anastasia Kravchenko RUS 42:12
  4. Tatyana Oborina RUS 42:42
  5. Salla Koskela FIN 42:44
  6. Marjut Turunen FIN 43:13

Men, 11.8 km

  1. Andrey Lamov RUS 42:56
  2. Lars Moholdt NOR 43:21
  3. Sergey Gorlanov RUS 43:46
  4. Vladislav Kiselev RUS 43:54
  5. Erik Rost SWE 44:17
  6. Stanimir Belomazhev BUL 44:55


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