In Nordic Combined:
Jason Lamy-Chappuis won Sunday’s FIS Nordic Combined World Cup competition and further extended his World Cup lead.
Chappuis started the cross country portion 11th, 42 seconds behind. He made this disadvantage up by beginning of the second 3.3 km lap with seeming ease and then rested in the lead pack for the remainder of lap two. With two kilometers to go Jason put in a decisive surge to breakaway and sped away to a solo victory 15 second free of his pursuers. With his victory, worth 100 points, Lamy- Chappuis increased his World Cup lead to 238 points against Akito Watabe with 5 events remaining. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), “At the cross-country, I knew that I had to go fast but delivered a nice race breaking away on the last incline."
In Cross Country:
Devon Kershaw won the World Cup sprint in the free technique on Friday and World Cup sprint leader Kikkan Randall extended her lead despite crash.
The World Cup win for Kershaw was achieved after Morilov attacked quite early in the race and made a great move but Devon Kershaw came back on the last 100m and overtook Nikolay Morilov just before the finish line. Kershaw, who is currently third in the overall World Cup ranking, is now only 146 points behind Petter Northug. Devon Kershaw (CAN), “I was feeling very strong in the finishing stretch. The final straight is a little bit uphill and that suits me well. I was not thinking much and I was just trying to the finish as fast as I could. I will try my best to catch Petter Northug in the overall ranking. It has been amazing in Poland. I was 11 years ago at the Junior World Championships. The course is beautiful and the fans are great.”
Meanwhile World Cup sprint leader Kikkan Randall powered her way back into the race to finish third after an early crash in the finals - as Randall extended her World Cup lead in the final skating sprint of the season. Randall now has a 129 point lead in the battle for the World Cup sprint red leader's jersey. Randall tangled with Russia's Natalia Matveeva shortly into the finals, with both going. Randall never gave up and actually skied back up to the pack and into the lead before succumbing in the final straight. She controlled both quarter and semifinal heats, but in the finals got tangled in the opening straights with Matveeva. She was able to cover a huge deficit and caught the pack by the top of the course. In the final 100 meters when Ingemarsdotter and Falla were surging, she just didn't have the power she needed. It had been burned recovering from the crash. Her podium today was an amazing performance. While she wanted this win badly, she was all smiles - vintage Kikkan. Kikkan Randall, “The skate sprints are done for this season and there are only classical technique ones left. It will be exciting to the finish of the season. I am getting quite attached to the red bib so I hope I will keep till the end!”
Team Exspirit women sweep again, while Jimmie Johnsson keeps proving that he belongs among the absolute best long distance skiers in the world this time in Tartu Maraton, Estonia.
Jimmie matched the best in the business again over 63 km of classic. With 3km to go he actually established a 10 meter gap to the rest of the field. Finally the race ended up in sprint finish where Jimmie placed 3rd, just behind today’s winner Jörgen Brink, and Daniel Rickardsson. I felt strong during the whole race. When it was a few kilometers left I tried to push as hard I could get a little gap, but on the last kilometers these two guys pushed together to kill the gap. It was the third place today and I’m very satisfied with that, says Jimmie Johnsson”
For the second race weekend in a row Team Exspirit sweeps the women’s podium in the WorldLoppet Ski Classic. The Team Exspirit women took off right at the start in Otepää and left the rest of the women’s field behind. They gave each other a hard fight to the finish line with only 4 seconds between the three of them. Susanne Nyström made a distinct move with 300m to go and could cross the finish line as the winner for the third Ski Classics race in a row just ahead of Jenny Hansson and Seraina Boner, both Team Exspirit.