Swiss on top on home ground

Posted on | September 29, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

A tough Long Distance race in the Swiss alps was just the ticket for World Cup leader Matthias Kyburz, whilst his compatriot Elena Roos was best in the women’s race on the first day of the World Cup Final weekend.

All eyes were on World Cup leader Tove Alexandersson, Sweden in the women’s race, and early on she didn’t disappoint, clearly the strongest in the field. But after the longest leg she made a big mistake and lost several minutes, ending in 14th place, 8.05 down. Helena Bergman was similarly unsuccessful today, ending 16th.

Elena Roos finished in a time almost 6 minutes quicker than the course planner’s estimate, her first major victory at international level. The 26-year-old from Zurich has until now shown best form in Sprint races, but here she was clearly in her element. Switzerland took three of the top four places, Sabine Hauswirth finishing second, 1.26 down, and Julia Gross fourth, 4.10 down on Roos’s time.

Celebrations for Elena Roos     Photo: Malin Fuhr

Natalia Gemperle, Russia, second in the World Cup standings, was third, and this puts her only 29 points behind Tove Alexandersson. So a win for Gemperle and Alexandersson in third place in the Middle Distance race would mean the title goes to Gemperle. Norway took fifth and sixth places today, with 22-year-old Sigrid Alexandersen (sixth) having her best international run to date.

In the men’s race, Norway’s Olav Lundanes came closest to Kyburz’s time, finishing 1.30 down, and Norway took third place too through Magne Dæhli. Frederik Tranchand, France was fourth and Switzerland again had three in the top six, Daniel Hubmann and Florian Howald completing the podium places. Lundanes’s performance brings him up into second place in the standings, 70 points down on Kyburz, so if Lundanes wins tomorrow, a top-ten finish for Kyburz is all he needs to take the title.

Tomorrow the Middle race will be held, the individual World Cup Final. It will have full TV coverage and commentary on IOF LiveCenter, the race starting at 10.00.

Official results

Women

  1. Elena Roos SUI 1:10:02
  2. Sabine Hauswirth SUI 1:11:28
  3. Natalia Gemperle RUS 1:14:01
  4. Julia Gross SUI 1:14:12
  5. Marianne Andersen NOR 1:15:09
  6. Sigrid Alexandersen NOR 1:15:44

Men

  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 1:23:35
  2. Olav Lundanes NOR 1:25:05
  3. Magne Dæhli NOR 1:27:37
  4. Frederic Tranchand FRA 1:28:53
  5. Daniel Hubmann SUI 1:29:21
  6. Florian Howald SUI 1:29:31

World Cup standings

Women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 579 points
  2. Natalia Gemperle RUS 550
  3. Sabine Hauswirth SUI 422
  4. Helena Bergman SWE 386

Men

  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 488
  2. Olav Lundanes NOR 418
  3. Daniel Hubmann SUI 383
  4. Martin Regborn SWE 355
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