Nordic Combined: Mario Stecher wins again

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 19, 2010 10:34 am

RAMSAU (AUT), 19 December 2010 – One day after a nail-biting sprint victory, Austria’s Mario Stecher celebrated another victory in the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau today. But it was on another day, and it was a completely different competition. Stecher was in the lead after the ski jumping portion and was unreachable in the track.

“I was tired from yesterday’s race, but I guess everybody was.”

“At the start gate, I thought that Alessandro Pittin would close the gap in the first lap. This wasn’t the case, and I made five very fast kilometers. This was the key to victory.”

“I do not think about the overall World Cup standing. It becomes important only in Lahti where the season will end.”

Second was Tino Edelmann (8.6 seconds back), third Eric Frenzel (both GER/10.2 seconds behind). Overall World Cup leader Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) finished in fourth.  I’m happy that my ski jumping performance is improving.”

“Thanks a lot to all our staff for the great work which makes these World Cup results possible.”

With this result, the strike of podium places (six out of six) for Austria continues. Mario Stecher was only the third athlete after Jason Lamy Chappuis and Magnus Moan (NOR) to win two races with the current format (1 jump/10 km) on two subsequent days. For Edelmann, it was the sixth World Cup podium place in his career in individual races (1 win/3 second places/2 third places). Frenzel scored his 12th World Cup podium place in his 56th appearance.

The ski jumping portion was won by Mario Stecher. The Austrian jumped 91.0 m for 123.8 points; runner-up was his team-mate Bernhard Gruber (93.5 m/122.8 points), third Espen Rian (NOR/92.5 m/121.7 points). The time differences were tight. There were just 24 seconds between the first and the tenth (Todd Lodwick/USA), 38 seconds between the leader and the 20st (Tino Edelmann/GER). The first 29 started in one minute, the first 51 in 1:59 minutes.

During the cross-country race, Stecher was in the lead from the first to the last meter and celebrated a wire-to-wire victory. Neither Alessandro Pittin (ITA), Johannes Rydzek (GER), Bernhard Gruber (AUT) first, neither a numeric larger group of chasers were able to catch him.

After 2.5 km, Stechers advantage was 6.2 seconds; at halftime, it was 21.1; at 7.5 km, he was in the lead by 29.9 seconds. On the finish line, he was 8.6 seconds ahead of Edelmann and 10.2 seconds ahead of Frenzel.

For the first time in his career, Austria’s Lukas Klapfer delivered the fastest cross-country time. Klapfer finished in 23:31.6 minutes and moved from 40th place after the jumping up into 12th position.

Akito Watabe (JPN) finished sixth while Bryan Fletcher (USA) achieved his first Top Ten result in his career: he placed eighth!

In the overall World Cup standings, Jason Lamy Chappuis leads with 435 points, but Mario Stecher (AUT) moved in second position and is only 49 points behind. Mikko Kokslien is third (355).

Today’s top three:

1. Mario Stecher (AUT) 123.8 points (1)/24:22.3 min (20) 24:22.3

2. Tino Edelmann (GER) 114.2 points (20)/23:52.9 min (8) +8.6

3. Eric Frenzel (GER) 118.4 points (7)/24:10.5 min (14) +10.2

Full results: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4002/2011NK4002ROF.pdf

World Cup Standings: 1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA 435, 2. Mario Stecher (AUT) 386, 3. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 355, 4. Eric Frenzel (GER) 294, 5. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 260, 6. Tino Edelmann (GER) 252.

Full standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4002/2011NK4002WC.pdf

PRESS CONERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Mario Stecher – first

“I was tired from yesterday’s race, but I guess everybody was.”

“At the start gate, I thought that Alessandro Pittin would close the gap in the first lap. This wasn’t the case, and I made five very fast kilometers. This was the key to victory.”

“I do not think about the overall World Cup standing. It becomes important only in Lahti where the season will end.”

Tino Edelmann – second

“I’m happy that my ski jumping performance is improving.”

“Thanks a lot to all our staff for the great work which makes these World Cup results possible.”

Eric Frenzel – third

“My yesterday’s and today’s race were pretty much the same, but I’m happy to have made it on the podium.”


“Now, there is some time for my family; after Christmas, we will start to train again in view of the next competitions in Schonach.”

 

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