Lamy-Chappuis storms to win
Sat, 17 Dec 15:22:00 2011
France's Jason Lamy-Chappuis stormed to his second straight FIS Nordic Combined World Cup win of the season in Seefeld, Austria.
The 25-year-old dominated the field but was forced to hold off a determined challenge from Japan’s Akito Watabe to clinch victory in 29 minutes 14.5 seconds.
It was the Olympic champion’s second triumph at Seefeld in two days after leading his nation to team gold on Friday - and he continued his flawless form on the Austrian piste.
Watabe was one second off the pace, while Italy’s Alessandro Pittin broke away from Austrian Bernhard Gruber to secure third in 29.18 seconds.
Germany’s Tino Edelmann had grabbed pole position after the ski jump, landing 128.3 points, narrowly ahead of Haarvard Klemetsen on 126.4, but could only convert that to an overall finish of14th.
Edelmann remains Lamy-Chappuis’s closest contender in the overall standings with 368 points, ahead of Watabe on 316, but the Frenchman extended his lead to 86 on 454 points.
Lamy-Chappuis thrives in Seefeld