23 January 2011 – Jason Lamy Chappuis celebrated his
15th career victory in the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in
Chaux-Neuve today. In front of 7000 cheering spectators, home-town hero
Chappuis relegated Felix Gottwald (AUT) to second and Mikko Kokslien
(NOR) to third place.
Like the day before, Jason Lamy Chappuis won the jumping portion with
115.5 m (134.2 points) in front of Haavard Klemetsen (NOR) who jumped
113 m for a total of 124.9 points. Todd Loddwick (USA) ranked third with
an 114.5 m attempt (124.5 points). Germany’s Eric Frenzel was fourth
after a hill-record jump of 120.0 m (121.0 points); due to head-wind
conditions and the wind compensation rules, nine points were detracted
from his score. Saturday’s winner David Kreiner (AUT) came in 7th with
107.5 m/119.0 points.
Initially, Klemetsen trailed by 37 seconds, Lodwick by 39, Frenzel by
53. Kreiner was 1:01 minutes back, Mikko Kokslien (13th) 1:18 minutes
and Felix Gottwald (19th) 1:27. Magnus Moan (NOR/31st) was 1:58 minutes
In the development of the race, the Frenchman was able to extend his
advantage up to 42 seconds. In his back, Klemetsen and Lodwick were
caught by Gottwald, Kokslien and other athletes. At the end, the Lamy
Chappuis’ advantage was big enough to secure him a wire-to-wire victory.
The sprint for second was won by Gottwald by 0.2 seconds.
Felix Gottwald was the fastest in the track (20:40.5).
The quest for the 2010/11 overall World Cup winner will remain open
until the races in Lahti in mid-March. Lamy Chappuis has 180 points
advantage, but Kokslien could still beat him. All other athletes are out
of this race.
Today’s Top Three:
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 134.2 (1)/22:00.3 (26)
2. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 112.4 (19)/20:40.5 (1)
3. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 114.7 (13)/20:49.7 (3) +7.4
Overall World Cup Standing:
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) 789, 2. Mikko Kokslien (GER) 609, 3. Felix
Gottwald (AUT) 556, 4. Mario Stecher (AUT) 466, 5. Eric Frenzel (GER)
394, 6. Tino Edelmann (GER) 389.
PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Jason Lamy Chappuis – first
“It is something special winning at home with such a crowd cheering for
you. This made it easier to ski alone all the way down to the finish
“I had a very good jump on a hill which I know already well enough. And
during the cross-country race I just tried to speeding all the time.”
Felix Gottwald – second
“Jason’s advantage was just a little to big at the end. But I’m happy
with my podium place and I’m happy for having competed here in front of
this crowd. It was just great”
“Now, let us prepare the Worlds in the best possible way und let us give
Jason a hard time in Oslo!”
Mikko Kokslien – third
“I wished that I would have had such a crowd at my home town victory in
Lillehammer as well… Congratulations to Jason, he did a great job!”
“I’m sure that we Norwegians will have some support during the World
Championships in Oslo as well…”
“I’m happy with third place, it was a nice day for me!”
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