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Kristiansand wins exciting Jukola relay

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Daniel Hubmann decided Jukola 2015 halfways through the last leg after a tight relay where the big three through the last years – Kristiansand, Halden and Kalevan Rasti – had the main roles.

Halden’s Magne Dæhlie started first on the last leg – 42 seconds ahead of Kristiansand’s Daniel Hubmann with TuMe’s Scott Fraser in third at 2:43 and Kalevan Rasti’s Thierry Gueorgiou in fourth at 3:55.

Halden was in the lead after the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th leg – and surely had the initiative in the relay before the last leg. Kristiansand had the series 24 – 4 – 2 – 2 – 2- 2 at the changeovers – mixing in the fight for the lead all the way. Kalevan Rasti had more trouble – and was 5:30 behind in 4th after the long night (3rd leg) where Philippe Adamski lost some time. They struggled at around 3-4 minutes behind until the last changeover.

The last leg

Daniel Hubmann started in an incredible tempo, and had nearly caught Halden’s Dæhlie at the first TV control after 2.5 km

Dæhlie continued to push with a small gap down to Hubmann, but then came the decision point at the forking at the 5th control. Here Dæhlie made the crucial mistake which decided the relay for Kristiansand.

From there on it was all about Kristiansand in the front. With a gap of more than 2 minutes down to Halden and Kalevan Rasti chasing just behind Halden, it was clear that Daniel Hubmann had to do a mistake in order to lose the first Jukola victory since 2009.

Hubmann did his job – like he usually does – and took Kristiansand to victory ahead of Halden. A Norwegian double. Although Kristiansand is a very international team with only two Norwegian runners – and Halden has only one.

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Results

1 9 Kristiansand OK NOR 8:07:27
1 Vegard Danielsen 1:23:20
2 Milos Nykodym 1:10:40 2:34:00
3 Baptiste Rollier 1:33:07 4:07:07
4 Mats Dahlen 50:01 4:57:09
5 Hans gunnar Omdal 46:13 5:43:22
6 Martin Hubmann 1:08:33 6:51:55
7 Daniel Hubmann 1:15:31 8:07:27
2 4 Halden SK NOR 8:08:57
1 Emil Wingstedt 1:23:10
2 Jarkko Huovila 1:10:33 2:33:43
3 Fredric Portin 1:31:06 4:04:50
4 Mattias Karlsson 49:14 4:54:04
5 Mats Haldin 48:39 5:42:44
6 Marcus Millegård 1:08:29 6:51:13
7 Magne Dähli 1:17:44 8:08:57
3 1 Kalevan Rasti FIN 8:11:07
1 Kiril NIkolov 1:22:35
2 Hannu Airila 1:12:09 2:34:44
3 Philippe Adamski 1:35:34 4:10:18
4 Jan Petrzela 47:51 4:58:10
5 Jere Pajunen 47:50 5:46:00
6 Jan Prochazka 1:09:08 6:55:09
7 Thierry Gueorgiou 1:15:57 8:11:07

 

4 OK Linne (14) +9:07 Oskar Sjöberg 1:19:22
5 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna (8) +11:17 William Lind 1:20:23
6 Turun Metsänkävijät (22) +13:12 Scott Fraser 1:26:42
7 IFK Moras OK (11) +15:29 Vojtech Kral 1:19:13
8 Hiidenkiertäjät (6) +15:31 Leonid Novikov 1:19:27
9 Koovee (12) +15:43 Timo Sild 1:18:31
10 OK Denseln (35) +16:40 Lucas Basset 1:18:15

 

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