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World Cup Turkey Middle: Maps and Results

Daniel Hubmann won a clear victory in the men’s class in the first World Cup race in 2014 – with last year’s overall World Cup winner Matthias Kyburz in second. In the women’s class Sweden tookt he double: Tove Alexandersson ahead of Helena Jansson. It was again a Swiss/Swedish day in Turkey – with only Swiss and Swedish runners in the Top 6.

The terrain was partly fast as in the qualification – but with more green areas and some tricky orienteering the runners made more mistakes in the final than in the qualification.

Below you see a short video clip from the GPS-tracking from the first control in the women’s course. Most have big problems to the first control.

Hubmann and Kyburz

Hubmann had the best start in the men’s class – and even if Matthias Kyburz came closer and closer toward the end, it was in the end a clear victory for Hubmann – more than 30 seconds ahead of Kyburz. The above illustration (click for larger) shows a comparison between the GPS-track of Hubmann and Kyburz. Note that Kyburz’s GPS-track is not perfect. Kyburz struggled between control 3 and 8 – loosing around a minute to Hubmann in this region. As always Kyburz had a fast finish, and was on the way to close the gap to Hubmann when he got technical problems toward the end of the course.

Some controls were very tricky – others again were very easy

– I did not start so well to the first control, but except for that and a few seconds lost before the spectator control it was a good race, Hubmann comments to Swiss Orienteering.

– Some controls were very tricky – others again were very easy, Hubmann says.

Sweden’s men also had a good day – with Gustav Bergman and William Lind in 3rd and 4th. Just like in the qualification the men’s class was dominated by Swiss and Swedish runners with 8 in the Top 10!

Alexandersson and Jansson: Happy Swedish girls

The Swedish women took the double in the women class – with Tove Alexandersson only 8 seconds ahead of Helena Jansson. Jansson did a technical more stable race – but Alexandersson was faster in the last part of the course (see the above illustration – click for enlarging it).

– I was so tired – and I am so happy

– It was a tough course. It was fun to not know about the terrain before we got the map at the start, the winner in the women’s class, Tove Alexandersson, said after the race.

Alexandersson will now travel straight to the European Ski-o Championships as one of the main favourites.

For  Helena Jansson finishing second this was a perfect comeback after having big problems with injuries the last year – having to skip the World Championships in Finland last year. Jansson was fighting with tears in the interviews after the finish.

– I was so tired – and I am so happy, Helena Jansson said after her race.

– It was a dream to be able to run already in February/March.

Behind the two Swedish girls there were three(!) Swiss girls – Judith Wyder, Sabine Hauswirth and Rahel Friederich. Three Swiss in the Top 5 – without Simone Niggli at the start. Who would have thought that before the start of the season?

Results men
Plass St.nr Navn Klubb Sluttid Differanse
1 (25) Hubmann, Daniel Switzerland 28:06 10:16:06
2 (30) Kyburz, Matthias Switzerland 28:40 +00:34 10:26:40
3 (24) Bergman, Gustav Sweden 29:04 +00:58 10:15:04
4 (28) Lind, William Sweden 29:11 +01:05 10:23:11
5 (20) Kyburz, Andreas Switzerland 29:48 +01:42 10:07:48
6 (29) Hubmann, Martin Switzerland 30:09 +02:03 10:26:09
7 (8) Nikolov, Kiril Bulgaria 30:18 +02:12 09:44:18
8 (26) Öberg, Peter Sweden 30:23 +02:17 10:20:23
9 (9) Dahlgren, Filip Sweden 30:26 +02:20 09:46:26
10 (18) Kratov, Oleksandr Ukraine 30:38 +02:32 10:04:38
11 (6) Novikov, Valentin Russia 30:41 +02:35 09:40:41
12 (21) Rollier, Baptiste Switzerland 30:51 +02:45 10:10:51
13 (22) Johansson, Fredrik Sweden 31:01 +02:55 10:13:01
14 (19) Tranchand, Frederic France 31:02 +02:56 10:07:02
15 (4) Lysell, Jerker Sweden 31:13 +03:07 09:37:13
Results women
1 (118) Alexandersson, Tove Sweden 27:37 11:01:37
2 (129) Jansson, Helena Sweden 27:45 +00:08 11:23:45
3 (111) Wyder, Judith Switzerland 29:21 +01:44 10:49:21
4 (104) Hauswirth, Sabine Switzerland 29:24 +01:47 10:35:24
5 (114) Friederich, Rahel Switzerland 29:41 +02:04 10:55:41
6 (130) Eliasson, Lena Sweden 29:49 +02:12 11:27:49
7 (112) Niemi, Venla Finland 30:03 +02:26 10:52:03
8 (123) Bjørgul, Ida Marie Norway 30:08 +02:31 11:14:08
9 (109) Strand, Lina Sweden 30:18 +02:41 10:46:18
10 (101) Tikhonova, Anastasiya Russia 30:25 +02:48 10:30:25
11 (122) Volynska, Nadiya Ukraine 30:44 +03:07 11:12:44
12 (124) Chataing, Amelie France 30:49 +03:12 11:16:49
13 (120) Fincke, Anni-Maija Finland 30:55 +03:18 11:08:55
14 (113) Novikova, Julia Russia 31:04 +03:27 10:55:04
15 (126) Forsgren, Lilian Sweden 31:06 +03:29 11:21:06

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  1. European Championships for Ski-O, not WOC

  2. Unfortunately, I think the start point was positioned incorrectly, in the gap in the fence to the south, which explains why nearly all the the women made mistakes there.

    • I concur, and based on my visit afterwards the flag was 30m south of where the triangle was marked on the map. Not a huge distance but it certainly didn’t help.

      • Able to watch the video now, most people had a right skew that made the problem worse — is there something about the angle that makes one ‘pull’ over more?