8.11.2019, Madi
Beijing, China, Nov 2019
Roses for Klysner and Michiels in the 4th stage
Beijing Rose Garden park proved to be a suitable venue for today's PWT sprint, and especially so for Cecilie Friberg Klysner and Yannick Michiels, who were able to beat the rest of the field.
Today’s race was set in the Beijing Rose Garden park, located in southern Beijing. The area provided the athletes with a terrain plentiful of roses, as might have been expected considering the venue. Amongst the thousands and thousands of roses, the runners got to navigate between various flower beds, some grass land, parts of open forest and different tracks.

Whilst autumn has settled over Beijing providing cooler temperatures and autumn colors, also the roses had passed their prettiest bloom. However, this was compensated by beautiful weather and the blooming athletes. Most notably, among the ladies, it was Cecilie Friberg Klysner blooming the brightest and taking her 1st victory on the tour. Caroline Gjotterup made it a danish double as she navigated among the roses the second best, while Kateryna Dzema completed the top 3. Among the men, Yannick Michiels was the king of the day, leaving his closest contenders Jonathan Crickmore and Frederic Tranchand on second and third positions. It was also the first victory for Michiels on this year's tour.

Top 3:
1. Cecilie Friberg Klysner (DEN) 14:24
2. Caroline Gjotterup (DEN) 14:49
3. Kateryna Dzema (UKR) 14:53

1. Yannick Michiels (BEL) 11:35
2. Jonathan Crickmore (GBR) 11:46
3. Frederic Tranchand (FRA) 11:55

-”The course looked difficult on the map with all the olive greens and different details, but I quickly realized that you can run quite straight on most of the legs. I had a stable race without any big mistakes. There were quite a few controls where it was important to have a good direction and keep your chin up. In the last part it was a bit more tricky, but I took my time to see where I had to go, and it paid off today”, the seemingly happy Klysner commented her race.

-Michiels commented that: ”It was a good race for me. I've been running a lot in these kinds of terrains in Beijing area before, and especially the forest parts I knew how to handle well. After not running so well in the last two races, I had some extra motivation to do well again today. I liked the terrain, again a new map in Beijing. It was a fast course but many many details on the map so you had to be concentrated the whole way and I managed to do that today. Happy to take the win today”.


Map men & women

The 5th stage, which will conclude this year’s tour and decide the overall scores, will take place tomorrow in Linqigu orienteering town in Langfang.

Top 3

Men's winner Yannick Michiels on the second last control

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