Valentina Shevchenko (UKR)
VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO CLAIMS VICTORY AT JIZERSKÁ PADESATKA
Valentina Shevchenko (UKR, Fischer) was the fastest woman at the Jizerská Padesatka over 50 km in classical style ahead of Seraina Boner (SUI, Fischer). On the mens side local hero Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) only had to accept defeat against Anders Auckland (NOR).
Close to 4500 participants started at the race in perfect condotions. Valentina Shevchenko, normally stronger in the skating technique, surprised herself by winning this victory: " I was very tired after the Tour de Ski and in the beginning, the race was very hard. But I felt better and better along the way," said the happy winner.
Lukas Bauer was likewise very satisfied in second place: "I really enjoyed the last kilometres when it was clear that I would be on the podium!"