CHAUX-NEUVE (FRA) – He won both races last year and has been on the podium four times out of the last four races since the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup made its return to Chaux-Neuve in 2009. Norway’s Magnus Moan comes to France conscious he’s back again. He was on the podium three times in three races in Seefeld, winning the Team event with his compatriots and one of the two individual events too.
Moan likes Chaux-Neuve, the 2 km long track, the atmosphere and the cheering crowd. The spectators like the Scandinavian star because of his easy-going character. They will like him even more because he’s not a big rival to home-town hero Jason Lamy Chappuis.
The Frenchman leads in the overall World Cup standings, 170 points in front of Mikko Kokslien (NOR) and needs to extend this advantage to a minimum of 201 points to ensure he will start his preparations for the World Championships as overall winner. After the two competitions in Chaux-Neuve, only two more are going to be held in Lahti (FIN) in mid-March, so it is possible that Lamy Chappuis could sew up the championship on home territory.
In Chaux-Neuve, the “New Hills Tournament” of the Nordic Combined finds its end. The new Ski Jumping facility is a HS118, the first jump was made by Jason Lamy Chappuis on 14 December 2010. He produced an attempt of 115 m.
Friday, 21 January 2011, 13:00: provisional competition round. Saturday, 22 January 2011, 13:00: jumping session HS 109; 15.30: 10 km cross- country Gundersen race (5 x 2 km); Sunday, 23 January 2011, 12.30 jumping session HS 109; 15.00: 10 km cross- country Gundersen race (4 x 2 km).
Animation: Saturday, 22 January, from 11:00 onwards « Les endiablés » will rock the spectators area; from 6:00 p.m., the traditional Sauerkraut and beer festival will take place in the big tent. The party will go on with the «The Gomm’s »until the early hours of the next morning. Sunday, 23 January, from 10.45 onwards « le perce-oreille » from Arçon will play at the jumping hill. From 11:00 on, « Rudis Oberkrainer » invites everyone to Slovene music in the big tent.
Overall World Cup standings: 1. Lamy Chappuis 639, 2. Kokslien 469, 3. Mario Stecher (AUT/sidelined due injury) 466, 4. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 416, 5. Eric Frenzel (GER) 362, 6. Tino Edelmann (GER) 324.
All winners in Chaux-Neuve:
17.01.2010 Magnus Moan (NOR)
16.01.2010 Magnus Moan (NOR)
01.02.2009 Anssi Koivuranta (FIN)
31.01.2009 Magnus Moan (NOR)
12.01.2003 Felix Gottwald (AUT)
26.02.2000 Samppa Lajunen (FIN)
30.01.1999 Samppa Lajunen (FIN)
18.01.1998 Milan Kucera (CZE)
10.02.1996 Kenji Ogiwara (JPN)