Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) showed that he is a worthy winner of the overall World Cup 2014 by taking a clear victory in the World Cup Final’s middle distance race in Switzerland Saturday. Denmark’s Ida Bobach, silver medalist from the World Champs middle in Italy earlier this year, won a tight fight with Switzerland’s Judith Wyder in the women’s class.
While the overall World Cup in the men’s class was decided ahead of this weekend, Tove Alexandersson needed some World Cup points this weekend to take the overall. Although Alexandersson did mistakes already in the start of the race, the Swede finally finished in 7th place and secured the overall World Cup.
The race was held in “typical continental terrain” – forest with variable runnability and many paths and roads. This is terrain where the Swiss runners are typically very strong – and where Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish runners have more trouble.
There were a few longer route choice legs – especially the leg from 7 to 8 in the men’s class shown above (the women had exactly the same leg). The left choice running down on the road and up again to the control, ran by Olav Lundanes (and some seconds faster by Magne Dæhlie), was around a minute slower than the right alternative taken by Daniel Hubmann and Fabian Hertner.
Below you see a graphical splits analysis of the men’s race. Hubmann was clearly in a separate league in this race – in total losing around a minute to the sum of the best split times. Very impressive when noting that Howald is 1:40 behind in 2nd place – and there is a tight field with 11 runners within one minute from the 2nd place and down. Hubmann does not decide the race in a single leg – but by running a very steady race with few mistakes. The most notable time loss for Hubmann is to the 7th control where Hubmann loses 14 seconds to Fabian Hertner.
In the women’s class it was a tighter race – and nobody “hit the jackpot”. Even winner Ida Bobach lost more than 3 minutes to the sum of the best split times. The long leg was also more important for the final result in the Top 10 in the women’s class than in the men’s class.
AutOanalysis Hubmann vs Howald
Below you see an autOanalysis between winner Daniel Hubmann and second placed Florian Howald. As you can see, Hubmann was simply faster in the last 2/3 of the course – there were not major route choice differences (but Howald did a small mistake into control 12).
AutOanalysis Bobach vs Wyder
Below is an autOanalysis of Ida Bobach and Judith Wyder. Wyder seems to have had higher running speed in the most runnable parts of the course, but Bobach is better in the technical parts (except for her mistake at the 18th control).
1 Daniel Hubmann SUI 32:49 0:00
2 Florian Howald SUI 34:34 +1:45
3 Soren Bobach DEN 34:45 +1:56
4 Fabian Hertner SUI 34:54 +2:05
5 Oleksandr Kratov UKR 35:01 +2:12
6 Andreas Ruedlinger SUI 35:03 +2:14
7 Anders Holmberg SWE 35:14 +2:25
8 Olav Lundanes NOR 35:23 +2:34
9 Carl Godager Kaas NOR 35:24 +2:35
10 Gernot Kerschbaumer AUT 35:27 +2:38
11 Andreas Kyburz SUI 35:29 +2:40
12 Jan Petrzela CZE 35:30 +2:41
13 Lucas Basset FRA 35:41 +2:52
14 Jan Prochazka CZE 35:46 +2:57
15 Milos Nykodym CZE 35:48 +2:59
1 Ida Bobach DEN 34:54 0:00
2 Judith Wyder SUI 35:03 +0:09
3 Emma Klingenberg DEN 36:25 +1:31
4 Sabine Hauswirth SUI 36:39 +1:45
5 Sara Luscher SUI 36:59 +2:05
6 Julia Gross SUI 37:19 +2:25
7 Tove Alexandersson SWE 37:27 +2:33
8 Lina Strand SWE 37:37 +2:43
9 Saila Kinni FIN 37:44 +2:50
10 Sarina Jenzer SUI 37:47 +2:53
11 Maja Moeller Alm DEN 37:53 +2:59
12 Natalia Vinogradova RUS 38:25 +3:31
13 Josefine Engstrom SWE 38:37 +3:43
14 Rahel Friederich SUI 38:45 +3:51
14 Sanni Kivela FIN 38:45 +3:51