Nordic Combined: Lamy Chappuis takes World Cup in Klingenthal, Demong 10thTweet
France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis won today’s Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Klingenthal, Germany ahead of Austria’s Bernhard Gruber in second and 30-year old Tomas Slavik of the Czech Republic in third.
Today’s jumping portion was canceled due to snowfall and difficult wind conditions and the provisional competition round from yesterday was used.
In the cross-country leg, Chappuis easily made up his disadvantage (11th after the jump), rested for one lap in the leading group and triggered the decisive breakaway on the last incline and with two kilometers to go. Gruber won the sprint to finish second overall.
“It was a long day while waiting if we could jump or not,” Lamy Chappuis, who earned his fifth win of the season. “At the cross-country, I knew that I had to go fast but delivered a nice race breaking away on the last incline. It was an important victory in view of the overall standings because Akito and Mikko did not do that well.”
American Billy Demong finished 10th, making up 10 spots from the jumping portion. He skied the fifth fastest cross country leg to take him from 20th to 10th, racing to make up over a minute and twenty-second deficit.
All four U.S. competitors landed in the top 30. Bryan Fletcher, Johnny Spillane and Taylor Fletcher finished, 15th, 24th and 29th, respectively.
“It was a good race today from Billy and Bryan,” said Dave Jarrett, U.S. Nordic Combined Head Coach. “Johnny is feeling the effects of being so sick last month. Taylor did a good job, too. A Finnish competitor crashed and fell in front of Taylor on one of the downhills on the first lap. It cost Taylor some time, but he kept his cool and managed to get in the points. We had four guys in the top 30 again which is a good thing.”
With his victory (100 points) and with his major rivals Akito Watabe of Japan in 19th place (12 points) and Norway’s Mikko Kokslien in 22nd (9 points), Lamy Chappuis increased his lead in the overall standings to 238 points ahead of Watabe. Five individual competitions are still scheduled.
The Nordic Combined World Cup tour will now go on with two competitions in Liberec (CZE) next weekend.
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