Nordic Combined: Lamy Chappius Back on Top


Olympic Champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France celebrated his 13th career World Cup victory on the second day of competition in Lillehammer today (Dec. 5). He led yesterday’s leader, Mikko Kokslien of Norway in second and Mario Stecher of Austria in third.

After the ski jumping section, Lamy Chappuis was ahead of the pack by a full 20 seconds with Eric Frenzel of Germany and Stecher following closely behind. Kokslien started from 20th place a full 1:21 minutes behind the leaders.

The cross-country race was highlighted by an exciting chase, led first by Frenzel who was caught by Stecher, teammate Johannes Rydzek and Akito Watabe of Japan.  The pack was unable to catch Lamy Cahppuis and was soon joined by other racers from behind. At 6.5 km, Kokslien attempted to break ahead of the chasing group and catch Lamy Chappuis, but was unsuccessful, allowing the Frenchman his 13th career victory.

“It was a tough race because I do not like to ski alone that much. I did not know if my pace was appropriate compared to the rest of the field. But I gave my best and it worked out,” said Lamy Chappuis.

Stecher and Kokslien sprinted to the finish together crossing the line with only one-tenth separation. Kokslien ended up second 9.7 seconds behind Lamy Chappuis with Stetcher behind by 9.8 seconds.

“I was excited before the race started. There were a lot of good racers around me and I thought: this will be a good fight between us, and so it was,” said yesterday’s winner, Kokslien.

Felix Gottwald delivered the fastest cross-country time once more and improved his mid-session rank from 36 to fourth. Gottwald posted the top time in the final three Nordic Combined cross-country races of last season, as well as the first four races of the season thus far.
 
Seppi Hurschler (SUI) finished fifth and posted the second best result of his career after a fourth place in Seefeld earlier this year. Akito Watabe (JPN) was seventh place and Miroslav Dvorak’s (CZE) finished in eighth place. Overall, athletes from seven nations placed in the top ten.

The Americans were led by Bryan Fletcher in 26th, posting his second points finish of the season, followed by Bill Demong in 38th and Taylor Fletcher in 48th.

In the overall World Cup standings, Jason Lamy Chappuis maintains the lead with 340 points. He is 51 points ahead of Kokslien and 80 points ahead of Gottwald.

The World Cup circuit now heads to Central Europe with a pair of events next weekend in Ramsau.

Today’s top three:
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA)      134.1 points (1)/24:35.5 min (33)         24:35.5
2. Mikko Kokslien (NOR)                 113.9 points (20)/23:24.2 min (5)         +9.7
3. Mario Stecher (AUT)                    121.0 points (10)/23:53.3 min (12)       +9.8
 
World Cup Standings: 1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA 340, 2. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) 289, 3. Felix Gottwald (AUT) 260,  4. Eric Frenzel (GER) 210, 5. Mario Stecher (AUT) 186, 6. Tino Edelmann (GER) 140.
 

Rank        Bib                  Name                                               Year      Nation     Result

 1  1  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   24:35.5
 2  20  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   24:45.2
 3  10  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   24:45.3
 4  36  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   24:46.7
 5  26  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   24:48.2
 6  2  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   24:50.1
 7  12  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   24:53.1
 8  23  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   24:54.5
 9  13  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   24:58.5
 10  29  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   25:07.3
 11  8  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   25:08.4
 12  31  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   25:08.6
 13  16  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   25:10.7
 14  38  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   25:12.3
 15  6  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   25:14.8
 16  30  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   25:17.0
 17  37  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   25:17.5
 18  4  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   25:20.1
 19  18  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   25:20.5
 20  24  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   25:26.7
 21  9  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   25:27.2
 22  7  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   25:30.9
 23  15  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   25:34.2
 24  25  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   25:37.1
 25  34  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   25:48.2
 26  22  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   25:51.5
 27  17  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   25:52.7
 28  5  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   25:54.1
 29  3  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   26:02.4
 30  47  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   26:03.7
 31  27  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   26:10.7
 32  46  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   26:20.1
 33  43  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   26:20.2
 34  41  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   26:20.3
 35  35  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   26:22.2
 36  39  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   26:23.0
 37  14  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   26:31.3
 38  42  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   26:34.0
 39  33  1444 SCHMID Tommy  1988  SUI   26:49.1
 40  32  1167 KJELBOTN Thomas  1986  NOR   26:55.0
 41  21  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   26:56.5
 42  49  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   26:56.9
 43  19  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   26:57.9
 44  52  1621 STORLIEN Ole Martin  1988  NOR   27:04.7
 45  11  1485 NURMSALU Kaarel  1991  EST   27:06.6
 46  51  1414 NERMOEN Jonas  1986  NOR   27:08.6
 47  48  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   27:33.2
 48  55  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   27:43.7
 49  40  100042 KROGLUND Haavard  1987  NOR   27:51.4
 50  28  1700 WATABE Yoshito  1991  JPN   27:55.6
 51  50  1063 WELDE Ruben  1988  GER   28:00.7
 52  53  1168 KARJALAINEN Joni  1987  FIN   28:03.5
 53  44  1737 MORWEISER Janis  1991  GER   28:28.1
 54  58  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   28:28.6
 55  57  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   28:58.1
 56  54  1617 JANCIK Lukas  1990  CZE   29:40.0
Did not start
   56  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   
   38  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   
Did not finish
   45  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA 
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