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World Cup Middle Kongsberg: Map and Results

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Olav Lundanes (Norway) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) took the victories in the World Cup race middle in Kongsberg, Norway today. The typically Nordic terrain suited the Nordic runners well – Top 3 in both the men’s and women’s class went to Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The courses had a though start – the 4 first control were only uphill. From the fourth control and on it was less physical – but there were a lot of technical challenges.

– Better downhill than uphill

The men’s class featured a very strong fight for the medals. Early starter Torgeir Nørbech (Norway) had the lead for a long time, but then the World Champion from 2001, Pasi Ikonen (Finland), set a time which would prove to be very hard to beat. Lundanes fought hard with Ikonen – always a few seconds behind. The decisive point was the downhill towards the last control – here Lundanes pushed hard and took the necessary seconds.

– Today it felt better downhill than uphill. I am quite heavy, and therefore I am strong downhill, Lundanes said after the race.

Carl Waaler Kaas (Norway) – World Champion middle distance from 2010 – and consistently in the very top on World Cup races in Norwegian terrain – was in the fight for victory until the second last control. When choosing the left route choice it became clear that he would not manage to beat Ikonen – instead he had to fight with late starter Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) for the third place. After a very tight run-in – Kyburz being 3 seconds behind on the last control – Kuburz and Kaas shared the third place.

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Alexandersson stronger

In the women’s race Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Norway) started early – and set a very good time. Helena Jansson (Sweden) fought closely with Bagstevold, and managed to beat Bagstevold with 39 seconds after a strong finish. But then last starter Tove Alexandersson entered the scene, and nobody was even close. Alexandersson has the highest speed of all the women in the startfield. When Alexandersson runs a top technical race, nobody has a chance to beat here.

In the end Alexandersson won with more than two minutes ahead of Helena Jansson. Minna Kauppi finished third – being caught by Alexandersson and not managing to keep the back all the way to the finish.

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Map and GPS-tracking
Results

Results men

1 (46) Lundanes, Olav NOR 38:08 15:29:08
2 (36) Ikonen, Pasi FIN 38:13 +00:05 15:09:13
3 (45) Kaas, Carl Godager NOR 38:24 +00:16 15:27:24
3 (51) Kyburz, Matthias SUI 38:24 +00:16 15:39:24
5 (50) Bergman, Gustav SWE 38:48 +00:40 15:37:48
6 (52) Hertner, Fabian SUI 38:53 +00:45 15:41:53
7 (18) Nørbech, Torgeir NOR 38:59 +00:51 14:33:59
8 (44) Runesson, Johan SWE 39:39 +01:31 15:26:39
9 (49) Bertuks, Edgars LAT 39:57 +01:49 15:36:57
10 (47) Kratov, Oleksandr UKR 39:58 +01:50 15:32:58
11 (23) Årstad, Thomas NOR 40:04 +01:56 14:45:04
12 (32) Ridefelt, Albin SWE 40:15 +02:07 15:03:15
13 (35) Ekeberg, Bjørn NOR 40:19 +02:11 15:09:19
14 (38) Sjöberg, Oskar SWE 40:26 +02:18 15:15:26
15 (37) Howald, Florian SUI 40:37 +02:29 15:13:37

Results women

1 (153) Alexandersson, Tove SWE 32:01 15:18:01
2 (151) Jansson, Helena SWE 33:59 +01:58 15:15:59
3 (152) Kauppi, Minna FIN 34:07 +02:06 15:18:07
4 (125) Bagstevold, Heidi NOR 34:46 +02:45 14:24:46
5 (133) Johansson, Emma SWE 35:07 +03:06 14:41:07
6 (132) Haajanen, Sofia FIN 35:09 +03:08 14:39:09
7 (144) Wigemyr, Tone NOR 35:19 +03:18 15:03:19
8 (134) Kinni, Saila FIN 35:25 +03:24 14:43:25
9 (149) Bobach, Ida DEN 35:40 +03:39 15:13:40
10 (147) Fasting, Mari NOR 35:53 +03:52 15:09:53
11 (139) Magnusson, Maria SWE 36:01 +04:00 14:54:01
12 (150) Volynska, Nadiya UKR 36:07 +04:06 15:16:07
13 (128) Anttonen, Sari FIN 36:09 +04:08 14:32:09
14 (146) Lüscher, Sara SUI 36:15 +04:14 15:08:15
15 (141) Niemi, Venla FIN 36:20 +04:19 14:58:20

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