Nordic Combined: France’s Lamy Chappuis takes the win in Seefeld
With the World Cup’s current leader, Austrian Mario Stecher sidelined due to injury, Olympic Champion and defending overall World Cup title holder Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won a DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Seefeld, Austria today (Jan. 15) to take back the overall lead. He was joined on the podium by Norwegian teammates Magnus Moan and Mikko Kokslien in second and third, respectively.
"Today's competition jump was maybe my best ever,” said Lamy Chappuis. “It was just outstanding and the basis for my victory."
Lamy Chappuis took the lead early in jumping portion, setting a new hill record of 113.0 m (139.5 points); runner up on the jump hill was his compatriot Maxime Laheurte (105.5 m/123.4 points) followed by Japan’s Yoshito Watabe (103.5 m/122.4).
With a one minute, four-second advantage going into the afternoon 10k cross country race, Lamy Chappuis held on to win by 29.3 seconds to reclaim the overall lead with a 93-point lead on Stecher. "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,” said Lamy Chappuis.
Behind the Lamy Chappuis, there was battle for second and third place. Kokslien had an initial disadvantage of 1:26 minutes, 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 laps the disadvantage of the two Scandinavians was around 40 seconds. Moan notched the day’s fastest cross country leg with a time of 24:09.5.
"I did not think that I could catch Jason Lamy Chappuis,” said Moan. “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!"
Austria’s David Kreiner just missed the podium in fourth place after jumping into eighth and taking the 11th-fastest cross country time.
Italy’s Lukas Runggaldier cracked the top 10 for the fist time ever in sixth place. Austrian Felix Gottwald skied from 46th after the jumping portion to 8th overall.
American Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick returned to the World Cup today to lead his team in 23rd. Bryan Fletcher led the way again in jumping, standing 14th with a 101.5 meter jump. Fletcher finished 28th overall. It was the fourth time in the points this season for Fletcher, who has also cracked the top 10 earlier in the year. Taylor Fletcher had another good cross country outing - 24th fastest - to finish 34th, just out of the points. Johnny Spillane was 45th in his return to action after six months out with a knee injury.
Action will resume in Seefeld Sunday with another individual event before the circuit heads to France. Olympic champion Billy Demong, a proud new father of son Liam, will join the action action for a pair of World Cups in Chaux-Neuve.
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.
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