Simona Aebersold closes the season with her third World Cup victory. In the men’s category, veteran Daniel Hubmann wins.
“Most of the time I have a strong reaction to a bad result,” said Simona Aebersold on Sunday after the somewhat disappointing 5th place over the middle distance. The woman from Bern was right: In the last international race of the season, the European champion clinched the 3rd World Cup victory of her career in the long distance on Monday.
After two minor mistakes at the beginning, the 24-year-old made the decisive difference in the supreme discipline on the second half of the course. At the finish of the 10.4-kilometre route with almost 500 meters in altitude, her lead over second-placed Andrine Benjaminsen was around one and a half minutes. Aebersold thus also defended her second place in the overall World Cup in Davos-Klosters. The Norwegian could have contested this on Monday.
With Elena Roos, another Swiss woman made it onto the podium in Davos Zugwald. The woman from Ticino – already victorious with the relay on Friday – ran 4:34 minutes behind Aebersold in 3rd place. Overall World Cup winner Tove Alexandersson (SWE) had to settle for 5th place for once.
Hubmann like in the best of times
There was also a home win in the men’s race. Veteran Daniel Hubmann, whose previous season had not met his own expectations, seemed to have saved his top form for the World Cup final on home soil. After winning the relay and third place in the middle distance, the 39-year-old took the crown in the long distance.
After almost 100 minutes, he was around half a minute ahead of his closest rival, Max Peter Bejmer (SWE). The podium was completed by the 16-year-old overall World Cup winner Kasper Fosser from Norway (+52s). In view of the home World Championships in Flims-Laax, Hubmann received confirmation that he was far from being on the scrap heap.