Oskar Svärd and Sandra Hansson, both from Sweden, won their respective titles in the second FIS Marathon Cup this Sunday. The Jizerská Padesatka is a 50km classic race held in Bedrichov, Czech Republic.
Estonian Andrus Veerpalu took the early lead in the men’s race, but there was a large pack of very strong racers such as Oskar Svärd, Jerry Ahrlin, Thomas Alsgaard, Mario Cattaneo and Stanizlav Rezac who skied together until the end.
Alsgaard (NOR), who has come out of retirement this year to compete in the Marathon series, seemed in the last kilometers to have a good hold on the race, but it was Svärd who had the final edge in the sprint and took the win. Local hero Stanislav Rezac of the Czech Republic came in third. Despite being such a long race, the top eight men finished within just 5 seconds of each other.
Svärd is now the overall leader of the FIS Marathon Cup series.
The women’s race was much more spread out, as winner Sandra Hansson won by more than 7 minutes over Jenny Hansson. Sussane Nyström came in third, another 3 minutes back.
Sweden stacked the women’s results, as the top four (including fourth place Nina Lintzen) were all from Sweden. Only these four received Marathon Cup points, however, as points are given only to those who are %10 back from the winning time.
Jenny Hansson is now the overall leader in the FIS Marathon Cup.