Jizerska Padesatka won by Andreas Nygaard and Lina Korsgren
Such a nail-biting finish had not been seen at Jizerská 50 for ages! The first contestants were a large men’s group, the strongest racer being the Norwegian Andreas Nygaard. Among the women, it was decided before Hřebínek. The Swede Lina Korsgren made it to the finish with a lead of more than one minute over the Czech Kateřina Smutná. The best Czech among the men was fourteenth Stanislav Řezáč, and a total of 4,656 contestant had entered the race. Nygaard left behind the top defender Morten Eide Pedersen. “Jizerská 50 is a gruelling race and moreover, snow came down today to make things even harder. When the snow began to fall, the other contestants caught up with our small group in the lead. In the end it was a close finish and I don’t remember anything like it here at Bedřichov,” as he described it after the finish.
What did finally decide that he won the race after the dramatic finish? “It’s always a lottery because you must watch out so that you aren’t involved in a collision. At the same time, you have to maintain a good position, so I am really very happy to have pulled it off.”Andreas Nygaard (NOR), Winner of 2019’s Jizerska Padesatka.
Lina Korsgren takes the ladie’s victory
Among the best women the situation was different. The Swedish racer Korsgren finished all alone by a wide margin. The key moment in the women’s race came on Hřebínek roughly 10 kilometres before the finish when the Swede overtook the Czech number one Kateřina Smutná, with whom she had kept company until then. “I got away and then I went all alone until the finish, but I looked back a few times because you never know,” she said laughing,
Smutná took with humility the silver placing having experienced some health issues before the contest. “I am completely and extremely happy with the second place. I wanted to stand on the box and my wish came true. Given my health problems I had not entertained any hope for this before the race. I knew it was only on the track that I would find out how I was doing,” she admitted.
“It’s always a fight and I really had my day today. I had boundless energy and well-prepared skis and I trusted both, and what’s more, it was evidently my lucky day,”Lina Korsgren (SWE), ladie’s winner of Jizerska Padesatka 2019.
At the crucial moment when Korsgren got away tiredness set in. “The finish was pretty tough for me because the last ten kilometres I had cramps in just about every muscle and I was no longer sure I could make it to the finish,“ and Smutná heaved a sigh of relief. The women’s success was underlined by an excellent fourth place of Adéla Boudíková. She stayed for a long time in the lead. “The skis worked, the race was marvellous, so I’m happy even if it was not enough to win a medal.”
The best Czech ranking among the men was that of Stanislav Řezáč, who finished in 14 place with a minute lag behind the winner. “At the outset I had a bit of a stomach upset that had troubled me lately but then I got going and mustered up more energy. At the finish it was quite a tough race, a bit of a mess, and I overtook a few chaps. I am certainly happy about my 14th place,” he said reviewing the contest.
Jizerska Padesatka 2019 Result
- Andreas Nygaard (NOR) 2:08:09.0
- Tord Asle Gjerdalen (NOR) 2:08:09.3
- Ari Luusula (FIN) 2:08:096
- Lina Korsgren (SWE) 2:27:222
- Kateřina Smutná (CZE) 2:28:35.7
- Britta Norgren (NOR) 2:29:26.8