EVENT REVIEW: Magnus Moan is Back
SEEFELD (AUT), 16 January 2011 – His start of the season did not reflect his real value, in Seefeld, Norway’s Magnus Moan showed what a strong athlete he is: with Norway winner of the Team Event on Friday, runner-up on Saturday, winner of today’s DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Seefeld..
In front of 8300 cheering spectators, Moan won with the tird-fastet cross-country time ahead of half-time leader Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA/1.6 seconds back) and David Kreiner (AUT/2.6 seconds back). Italy’s Lukas Runggaldier won the sprint for fourth against Tino Edelmann (GER).
At noon, Jason Lamy Chappuis won the jumping portion with 104 m for a total of 133.7 points and relegated Christoph Bieler (AUT/106 m/132.8 points) to rank two. Maxime Laheurte (FRA) got third place (103 m/130.5 points).
But with Moan just one minute behind, it seemed evident that the Norwegian would catch the overall World Cup leader sooner or later. At half-time, Moan trailed by 16 seconds, and after 6.4 kilometers, Lamy Chappuis’ lead was history.
In the development of the race, David Kreiner (AUT) attacked Moan but with no success; with 300 meters to go, Moan opened a gap of just a few meters but enough to ski alone to victory.
Mikko Kokslien (NOR) delivered the fastest cross-country time (23:34.0) moving up from 46th place to 12th rank overall.
For David Kreiner, it was the first podium place since the competition in Klingenthal on 20 February 2008. Overall, it is the fifth individual podium place for the Austrian athlete. Moan’s 18th World Cup victory brings him near the number of wins of the Japanese former super-star Kenji Ogiwara (JPN/19).
Today’s Top Three:
1. Magnus Moan (NOR) 118.7 (24)/23:36.8 (3) 24:36.8
2. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 133.7 (1)/24:38.4 (28) +1.6
3. David Kreiner (AUT) 120.5 (22)/23:46.4 (5) +2.6
Complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4004/2011NK4004ROF.pdf
Overall World Cup standing:
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 639, 2. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 469, 3. Mario Stecher (AUT) 466, 4. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 416, 5. Eric Frenzel (GER) 362, 6. Tino Edelmann (GER) 324.
Complete standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4004/2011NK4004WC.pdf
Magnus Moan – first
“I’m very happy about these results, they show that I’m on the right track again. I had a very difficult start in this 2010/11 season, but now I’m confident in view of the World Championships in Oslo.”
“Today, my strategy was to catch Jason Lamy Chappuis as soon as posible and to look what would happen on the last meters. When I broke away, Jason wasn’t able to follow, today, I was stronger.”
Jason Lamy Chappuis – seconds
“I knew that Magnus Moan would catch me, his disadvantage of today was not that big as yesterday. During the third lap, I slowed down and skied with him most of the time. I was not able to go his speed at the end, but I gave everything and I’m happy about the result.!”
“It looks like I could win the overall in Chaux-Neuve, we’ll see – there is still a lot of work to do.”
David Kreiner – third
“I’m really happy with this result which brings me back on top. The crowd pushed me forward, Seefeld is great!”
“I did not think to reach the podium, but in the last lap I gave all what I had.”
“I focused on my Ski Jumping performance in the last weeks.”