With overall World Cup’s leader Mario Stecher (AUT) sidelined due to injury, Olympic Champion and overall World Cup title holder Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) won the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Seefeld (AUT) today. Magnus Moan (NOR) got second place, Mikko Kokslien (NOR) third place.
The Frenchman was already in the lead after the jumping portion. Chappuis jumped a new hill record of 113.0 m (139.5 points); runner up was his compatriot Maxime Laheurte (105.5 m/123.4 points) and Yoshito Watabe (JPN/103.5 m/122.4).
After this outstanding performance on the hill, it was quite easy for Jason Lamy Chappuis to administer his huge advantage of 1:04 minutes during the 10 kilometer cross-country race. Chappuis won with an advantage of 29.3 seconds and jumped in leader position in the overall World Cup standing again.
Behind the Star of the Day, there was battle for second and third place. Mikko Kokslien had an initial disadvantage of 1:26 minutes, Magnus Moan was 1:53 minutes behind. At half-time, Kokslien and Moan were 52 and 57 seconds behind the leader, after the third of the four 2.5 km lap the disadvantage of the two Scandinavians was around 40 seconds.
Lukas Runggaldier from Italy got sixth place and entered for the first time in his career the Top Ten of a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup race. Felix Gottwald from Austria came from far behind and skied from place 46 after the jumping portion to 8th overall. He did not deliver the fastest race time; this was Moan’s business today. The Norwegian star covered the 10 km in 24:09.5 minutes.
It is the 14th World Cup victory in Jason Lamy Chappuis’ career. He equalizes the marks of Klaus Sulzenbacher (AUT) and Bjoern Kircheisen (GER) and shares all-time rank eight with the Austrian and German. Chappuis is three victories short of Magnus Moan (NOR) but has a long way to go to be on top. Hannu Manninen (FIN) is the first in the list with 48 first places.
Chappuis’ 1:04 minute advantage ist the largest margin since 14 February 2009 in Klingenthal (Large Hill), when Anssi Koivuranta won the jumping portion and got a time advantage of 1:09 minutes.
Today’s top three:
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 139.5 points (1)/25:33.2 min (23) 25:33.2
2. Magnus Moan (NOR) 111.2 points (25)/24:09.5 min (1) +29.3
2. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 118.1 points (8)/24:40.1 min (3) +32.9
World Cup Standings: 1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA 559, 2. Mario Stecher (AUT) 466, 3. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 447, 4. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 392, 5. Eric Frenzel (GER) 322, 6. Bjoern Kircheisen 284.
Full standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4003/2011NK4003WC.pdf
Jason Lamy Chappuis – first
“Today’s competition jump was maybe my best ever. It was just outstanding and the basis for my victory.”
“It was not that easy to ski alone all the way down to the finish line, but my coaches informed me what was happening behind me.”
“One of my goals was to get back the yellow jersey of the World Cup leader because I want to show it to my fans on my home event in one weeks time.
Magnus Moan – second
“This podium place means a lot to me. I am training outside the national team, I had a great Summer Grand Prix and was in good shape, but my season turned out quite bad so far. It was a tough period, this second place is really important for me.”
“I enjoy being inside the top three together with Mikko Kokslien.”
“I did not think that I could catch Jason Lamy Chappuis. before the race and from my point of view, the places one and two were already awarded to Chappuis and Kokslien. But I am in good shape and had great ski. I made a perfect race!”
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