Jason Lamy Chappuis celebrates fifth Nordic Combined victory this season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 23, 2010 10:59 am

SCHONACH (GER), 23 January 2010 – A lot of stars were missing in Schonach, but all of them would have had big problems to deal with the winner of today’s DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup event. Jason Lamy Chappuis celebrated his fifth victory in this season (and tenth in his career) relegating Pavel Churavy (CZE) on the second and Alessandro Pittin (ITA) on third place.

After the ski jumping portion, Chappuis was in fourth spot (91.5 m/119.8 points), but only two seconds away from the three leaders Pavel Churavy (CZE/92.5 m), Alessandro Pittin (ITA/92.5 m) and Wilhelm Denifl (AUT/91.0 m) who all achieved 120.0 points.

During the race, a group of five was in the lead for one lap; then, Lauri Asikainen was not able to follow the fastest ones. Later, Wilhelm Denifl was outraced by Chappuis, Churavy and Pittin. This three athletes worked very well together and got an 25 second advantage at the beginning of the last lap. On the last incline, some 500 meters before the finish line, Chappuis broke away and won by 2.1 seconds in front of the Czech athlete.

Fastest on the track was Sebastian Haseney (GER) who covered the course in 21:03.7 minutes, improving his overall ranking from 51st place after the jumping to a final 18th place.

In the overall World Cup ranking, Jason Lamy Chappuis has an advantage of 380 points on Felix Gottwald. The Austrian is under pressure now; he has to reduce his disadvantage for at least 80 points. If Chappuis will travel with 300 or more points of advantage to Vancouver, he would already have won the overall.

The DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup will go on with a team competition in Schonach tomorrow. Ten nations have entered the competition.

Today’s top three:

1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA)

2. Pavel Churavy (CZE)               

3. Alessandro Pittin (ITA)            

Overall standing:

1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 969, 2. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 589, 3. Magnus Moan (NOR) 542, 4. Tino Edelmann (GER) 525, 5. Eric Frenzel (GER) 481, 6. Pavel Churavy (CZE) 472.

Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) – first

This was a very important victory for me in view of the overall World Cup. I won’t compete anymore before the Olympic Winter Games and it was in my intention to grap as many points as possible here in Schonach.

I had a nice jump, and on the track we worked well together. Doing so, we were able to keep away chasers like Kircheisen or Edelmann.

Pavel Churavy (CZE) – second

This is the fourth podium place in my career, and I am very happy about it. It seems that I get better and better in the approach of the Olympic Games.
Today, I really wanted a spot on the podium. After the jumping portion, it seemed possible, and on the course I fought hard for this second place.
Alessandro Pittin (ITA) – third
It was a very hard race with the three of us working very well together. In the last lap, we had a consistent margin, but on the last incline, I wasn’t able to go with Jason when he intensified the pace. And then, I had no power left in the sprint against Churavy.
I will be in Seefeld but I do not know if il will compete in both competitions. I am looking forward to the Olympics, the days in Canada will be very intense.