The mazy streets of Idanha-a-Nova were the scenery, in today’s torrid morning, of the first of five finals in the European MTB Orienteering Championships 2015. Great protagonist of this opening day, the France get the triumph in the Mixed Sprint Relay, both in Elite and Junior categories.
It is found the first winner of the European MTB Orienteering Championships 2015, taking place at Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, from today to next Saturday. Thanks to an extraordinary Gäelle Barlet’s first leg, the France won, categorically, the Mixed Sprint Relay, a race in which lined 15 teams of two elements each.
Alongside with Baptiste Fuchs, the World Champion in Sprint 2011 (Vicenza, Italy) had a brilliant start, ensuring a “fat” advantage of 1:28 over the second classified, the Finnish Marika Hara at the end of the first leg. The following three legs were a sort of “resource management”, leading with the threat of the Czech Republic (Martina Tichovska and Jiri Hradil) that would finish in second place. European champions in 2013 (Zamosc, Poland), the Finland (Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila) finishes in the third place.
Portugal finished 8th
Individually, highlight the Russian Anton Foliforov who fit the two best times in the male legs and the Swedish Cecilia Thomasson, the fastest in the third leg. On the other hand, the Russian Svetlana Poverina was unrecognizable and also a word to the teams of Italy, Denmark and Spain, disqualified for "mp". With Ana Filipa Silva and João Ferreira, the team of Portugal finished the race in the 8th position. To emphasize, above all, the last leg of João Ferreira, full of determination and will, to win two positions almost over the finish line.
Although its non official character, also in the Junior category took place the Mixed Sprint Relay, in which the French team would also be the strongest. Lou Denaix did two good legs but Florian Pinsard made the difference, showing that could be headed another great star of the MTB Orienteering world. Russia, with Olga Mikhailova and Iurii Balev, finished second, while Finland (Essi Hakala and Sakari Puolakanaho) completed the podium and Portugal (Ana Margarida Rocha and Paul Roothans) was ranked seventh. Also in the category of Youth Portugal was ranked seventh in a race won by Russia (Daria Mikryukova and Valeriy Rodin).
1. France (Gäelle Barlet / Baptiste Fuchs) 44:09
2. Czech Republic (Martina Tichovska ( Jiri Hradil) 45:59
3. Finland (Marika Hara / Jussi Laurila) 46:41
4. Sweden (Cecilia Thomasson / Marcus Jansson) 46:49
5. Austria (Marina Reiner / Kevin Haselsberger) 47:57
6. Lithuania (Asta Simkoniene / Jonas Maiselis) 48:14
7. Russia (Svetlana Poverina / Anton Foliforov) 48:38
8. Portugal (Ana Filipa Silva / João Ferreira) 54:39
9. Germany (Anke Danowski / Olaf Kaden) 55:42
10. Slovakia (Stanislava Fajtova / Rastilav Malatek) 56:47
Complete results and further information at http://mtbo15.fpo.pt/.
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