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5 6 January 2019

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme

Espen Andersen (Nor) best of the day

 11.01.2018

Provisional Competition Round in Val di Fiemme (ITA) today

Norwegian Espen Andersen wears the blue bib of Best Jumper

Akito Watabe and Mario Seidl closed second and third

Individual Gundersen tomorrow at 9.30 AM and 1.30 PM

 

 

The alpine little town of Predazzo in Val di Fiemme (Italy) hosted day 1 of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup leg, today. Norwegian Espen Andersen showed superior jumping skills and won the Provisional Competition Round with 139.1 points. 'I can't wait for the next race. I'm doing good from the hills, we'll see how it goes tomorrow'. Japan's Akito Watabe (137 pts) and Austrian Mario Seidl (134.7 pts) closed second and third respectively, ahead of German Johannes Rydzek (134.5 pts), Joergen Graabak (132.6 pts) and Fabian Riessle (132.5 pts).

The five times super-champion Eric Frenzel finished in 25th position (116.9 pts) and showed disappointment, while the only Italian to get into the first 50 qualified athletes was Raffaele Buzzi. 'I'm happy I got through – said Buzzi at the end of his race – but I need to make a better jump tomorrow, I can do better. I've had a little trouble in finding the right position before the take-off and the snow in the landing area was not in a good condition I think'. Local hero Alessandro Pittin closed in 57th place and did not qualify for tomorrow's event.

The first Individual Gundersen race of the weekend is scheduled tomorrow at 9.30 at the SJ Stadium in Predazzo (HS 135). The 10k (4 x 2.5 km) Cross Country skiing section will start at 1.30 PM at the XC Skiing Arena in Lago di Tesero. A Team Sprint is scheduled on Saturday and a second Individual Gundersen on Sunday.

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