The middle distance race at World Cup Round 2 in Sweden proved to be another race which caused many problems for a lot of competitors. With Tim Robertson opting not to start, Toby Scott was the only Kiwi in the field finishing 90th after another tough day at the office.
Joey Hadorn and Daniel Hubmann made it a 1-2 for Switzerland in the men’s race finishing only 3 seconds apart, with little heralded Simon Hector of Sweden in 3rd place. After dropping 3 minutes on the third control, world champion Matthias Kyburz finished 9th just under 2 minutes back.
The women’s race turned up a real surprise with Swedish junior Hannah Lundberg, a very early starter, winning by over a minute from Simona Aebersold. Russia’s Natalia Gemperle was 3rd, with Swedes filling the next 3 places.
Men: 1. Joey Hadorn (SUI) 40:00, 2. Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 40:03, 3. Simon Hector (SWE) 40:36, 4. Joonas Ahola (FIN) 40:42 , 5. Albin Ridefelt (SWE) 41:18 , 6. Kasper Harlem Fosser (NOR) 41:30, 90. Toby Scott (NZL) 56:34.
Women: 1. Hannah Lundberg (SWE) 39:20, 2. Simon Aebersold (SUI) 40:22, 3. Natalia Gemperle (RUS) 40:36, 4. Karolin Ohlsson (SWE) 41:40, 5. Tove Alexandersson (SWE) 41:42, 6. Lisa Risby (SWE) 42:12.
This round of the World Cup finishes on Sunday night New Zealand time with Tim and Toby joined by Australia’s Henry McNulty in an unofficial combined relay team.