Davide Machado was one of the major figures of the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2014's second stage, taking place in Denmark. Decided in a hard sprint, the Long Distance course saw the Portuguese athlete to achieve a fantastic 2nd place, just three seconds behind the winner. In the women class, the first place also dressed in blue and white with the colours of Finland, thanks to the triumph of Ingrid Stengard.
It's a historic result for the Portuguese MTB Orienteering. Davide Machado concludes the Long Distance stage of the opening round of the MTB orienteering World Cup 2014 in the second position, achieving the best result ever for a Portuguese athlete in a World Cup stage. In a mass start system, a format very appreciated by athletes and particularly media friendly, the event was held in Teglstrup Hegn in northern Denmark, with a total of 113 participants, 68 men and 45 women, in a distance of 26.7 km and 22,7 km, respectively.
In the men's competition, the balance was a constant. Confirming to be in a really good shape, Davide Machado has always kept the control of the operations, addressing the final controls in a privileged position. In the strong final sprint, to the “fury” of the Portuguese athlete, spoke louder the strength and vigour of the young Pekka Niemi (Finland), he also getting here an historic result in personal terms after the 2nd place in the Middle Distance of the European Championships in Zamosc ( Poland, 2013). The third placed, 10 seconds more than Niemi, fell to the Czech Jiri Hradil. For the remaining Portuguese, João Ferreira takedown by the 26th position and Guilherme Marques was ranked the 40th, while Daniel Marques and Carlos Simões were disqualified.
In the Women Elite class, the course saw an outcome very similar to the male sector, with the first two separated for two seconds. The Finnish Marika Hara returned to be at her best, but the big winner was her compatriot Ingrid Stengard, which thus reached their fourth win in stages of the World Cup. With over eight seconds to the winner, the British Emily Benham was the third classified.
1. Pekka Niemi (Finland) 1:35:32
2. Davide Machado (Portugal) 1:35:35 (+ 0:03)
3. Hradil Jiri (Czech Republic) 1:35:42 (+ 0:10)
4. Dallavalle Luca (Italy) 1:35:46 (+ 0:14)
5. Jussi Laurila Finland) 1:35:49 (+ 0:17)
6. Hans Jørgen Kvåle (Norway) 1:36:04 (+ 0:32)
7. Baptiste Fuchs (France) 1:36:09 (+ 0:37)
8. Kevin Haselsberger (Austria) 1:36:49 (+ 1:17)
9. Clément Souvray (France) 1:37:12 (+ 1:40)
10. Vojtech Stransky (Czech Republic) 1:37:21 (1:49 +)
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26. João Ferreira (Portugal) 1:43:42 (+ 8:10)
40. Guilherme Marques (Portugal) 1:48:31 (+ 12:59)
Daniel Marques (Portugal) mp
Carlos Simões (Portugal) mp
1. Ingrid Stengard (Finland) 1:31:51
2. Marika Hara (Finland) 1:31:53 (+ 0:02)
3. Emily Benham (Great Britain) 1:31:59 (+ 0:08)
4. Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) 1:32:06 (+ 0:17)
5. Susanna Laurila (Finland) 1:32:33 (+ 0:42)
6. Poverina Svetlana (Russia) 1:33:00 (+ 1:09)
7. Renata Paulickova (Czech Republic) 1:33:07 (+ 1:16)
8. Eeva - Liisa Hakala (Finland) 1:33:26 (+ 1:35)
9. Maja Rothweiler (Switzerland) 1:33:49 (+ 1:58)
10. Cecilia Thomasson (Sweden) 1:34:35 (+ 2:44)
The opening round of the MTB orienteering World Cup 2014 ends tomorrow with the Mixed Relay in which Portugal will not participate. Everything to follow at http://okoest.dk/wc2014/.