Clear wins for Denmark and Czech Republic in WMTBOC opener

Denmark’s Nikoline Splittorff and Czech Republic’s Krystof Bogar picked up convincing victories as the Mountain Bike World Championships in Sweden got underway in the middle distance.

On the women’s side, Splittorff beat fellow Dane Camilla Søgaard by 53 seconds with Sweden’s Nadia Larsson six seconds behind.

The course was 11.5 kilometers long and offered a technically demanding course with many decisions to be made on the relatively fast terrain around Säter.

– I didn’t make any real mistakes, but I had to make a few stops to take the time to read the map. I don’t usually do this so it was really demanding, Splittorff told the Danish Orienteering Federation after his victory.

On the men’s side, Krystof Bogar’s victory was even more superior, as he beat Samuel Pokala (FIN) with 58 seconds. Jan Hasek won another medal for the Czech Republic finishing third, 1.39 behind Bogar on the 13.5 kilometer course.

– I had a very good race. I started with a confident pace and tried to pick up the pace at the finish in the tough final checks and I think the result speaks volumes, Bogar said after his race.

Watch the TV feed of today’s race and dive into the results and split times on IOF LIVE.

With the win, Nikoline Splittorff is now tied with Camilla Søgaard for first place in the CX 80 World Cup with 140 points. Gabriele Andrasiuniene (LTU) is third with 121 points.

Vojtech Ludvik (CZE) finished fourth today and leads the Men’s CX 80 World Cup 10 points ahead of Simon Braendli (SUI). The silver medalist of the day, Samuel Pokala is two points behind Braendli in third position.

The CX 80 World Cup standings can be found here

The junior athletes also raced for the middle distance medals today, and Kaarina Nurminen (FIN) crushed the rest of the W20 peloton winning by a margin of 2.36 minutes ahead of her compatriot from Finland Silja Ylihietanen. Sweden’s Tilda Palm won bronze.

Hannes Hnilica (AUT) won the U20 category with over a minute, Flurin Schnyder (SUI) and Flex Silver (SWE) shared the silver medal.

MTBO athletes will get back on their bikes Saturday morning for the relays.
Follow the TV stream from 10:00 CEST (UTC +2) on IOF LIVE.

Results

Women
1. Nikoline Splittorff, DEN 53:02
2. Camilla Sogaard, DEN 53:55
3. Nadia Larsson, SWE 54:01
4 Emily Benham Kvale, United Kingdom 54:27
5 Henna Saarinen, END 54:56
6 Ruska Saarela, END 55:06
6 Gabriele Andrasiuniene, LTU 55:06

Men
1. Krystof Bogar, CZE 52:15
2. Samuel Pokala, END 53:13
3. Jan Hasek, CZE 53:54
4. Vojtech Ludvik CZE 54:12
5. Miika Nurmi, END 54:15
6. Lauri Malsroos, EST 54:16

Photos: Lars Gustafsson

Dino J. Dotson