Czech Skiers Without Lukas Bauer Reach Points in Yesterday’s Race
Without the leader of the team Czech skiers scored two top 30 results and collected first World Cup points of the new season. Second best Czech skier Martin Jaks finished 26th and Jiri Magal 29th.
“Taking into account how the race went I’m quite satisfied. My legs hurt and I felt tired. Course was tough, with many ups and downs. It was the first race and my bady is getting used the racing load,” Martin Jaks said to www.czech-ski.com. Like Bauer also Jaks has been coping with health problems recently and did not take part in the FIS races in Munonio last weekend. “I’m fit now, I will believe it will get better,” Jaks quoted.
Jiri Magal was very satisfied with 29th place. He jumped in the race with low starting bib. “I had a free course and could keep my pace. It helped me. I had a crisis one kilometer before the finish, but all in all I was feeling very good. My skis were perfect. Summer training without setbacks and health problems played important role too. If it stays like that I believe I can be even better,” Magal commented yesterday’s performance.
Czech head coach Miroslav Petrasek soberly commented results of his athletes. “Magi (Jiri Magal) excellent, I wanted Jaksik (Martin Jaks) to be in top twenty. It was not optimal yet, on the other hand one minute margin to the top except Olsson is not that much. Yesterday’s results correspond to tough but fair course and early phase of the season,” the coach explained.
Czech skiers praised organizers for good snow conditions in Sjusjoen. “track was wide, clean and without stowns. The course was not soft even though the weather was warm. I have competed in better conditions in Norway,” Magal complimented organizers for good job.
Today’s Czech relay will be weaker with the absence of Lukas Bauer who is expected to start next weekend in Kuusamo.
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