Magnifique Manificat wins 30 km Free in Davos

14 December 2013 11:36
Maurice Manificat
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Maurice Manificat of France stormed to victory in 30 km F interval start in Davos in 1:05:10.8. Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR) carried on a strong performance and took 2nd place +3.3 sec back for his first ever World Cup podium.  Jespersen in now the distance World Cup leader.  Current Overall World Cup Leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) finish 3rd +14.9 behind the winner and retained the leader bib.  

  • Very fast snow conditions
  • Maurice Manificat’s winning time today was by 2:33 min faster than Petter Northug’s in 2011 on the same distance
  • Manificat was loosing on Sundby at the halfway point +13sec
  • Sundby kept the lead until 24.5 km
  • Jespersen and Manificat were only +2.3 sec apart at 26.5 km
  • First ever podium for Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR) 
  • Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) kept the yellow bib
  • Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR) leads the Distance World Cup standing


Maurice Manificat (FRA)
It was a tough race. I was thinking of two years ago when I did not push hard enough towards the end and lost victory in the last lap. Today, tried to save some energy to the last 7.5 km and I was afraid to open too hard. I tried to ski fast in the flat sections. It feels great to win today.

Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR)
I tried to keep focused and ski only my race today. I tried to keep a good and steady pace. I was surprised when I heard I was fighting for victory. It’s my first podium in my career, 3 seconds behind the winner is like a victory for me.

Martin Johnsrud Sunbdy (NOR)
I knew before it would be the difficult race. The last lap was very tough. I am glad to be on the podium and to keep the yellow bib.


Results Men 30 km Free Individual
1. Maurice Manificat (FRA) 1:05:10.8
2. Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR) +3.3
3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) +14.9

Complete results available HERE.

Overall World Cup Standing
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 351 pts
2. Maurice Manificat (FRA) 260 pts
3. Alexander Legkov (RUS) 252 pts

Distance World Cup Standing
1. Chris Andre Jespersen (NOR) 166 pts
2. Maurice Manificat (FRA) 160 pts
3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 151 pts

Sunny weather, packed snow conditions, air -7°C, snow -9°C

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