Chaux-Neuve is a village with about 200 inhabitants in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, close to the border to Switzerland. The next bigger city is Pontarlier which is located about 30 kilometres to the Northeast. Chaux-Neuve has always been a venue dedicated to Nordic Combined.
The ski jumping facility La Côté Feuillée consists of multiple smaller training hills and one big HS118 hill where the competitions are held. As early as 1965, the construction of ski jumping hills was started but had to be stopped for a couple of years because of problems with the earthwork operations. During the winter of 1989/90, the project was restarted and the smaller hills were completed in this winter and inaugurated with a Nordic Combined Europa Cup. In 2010, the biggest of the old hills was restructured and transformed into a modern HS118 hill. It was officially inaugurated during a Nordic Combined World Cup in 2011.
The cross-country track, which attracts large crowds of spectators up to 15.000 people, winds through the fields around the hills and crosses the outrun of the large hill.
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After rank three on the previous day, Martin Fritz topped the result list in Chaux-Neuve on this past Sunday. The Austrian crossed the finish line a clear 39.7 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer, Truls Johansen from Norway and 40.2 seconds ahead of third-ranked Tobias Simon from Germany.
It was victory for Fabian Rießle on the second day in Chaux-Neuve. The German claimed the his second-ever World Cup victory, 2.3 seconds ahead of teammate Eric Frenzel. The third rank went to Akito Watabe who once more crossed the finish line in third, 4.1 seconds after the winner.
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Eric Frenzel seems to have taken the long World Cup break in stride. The German finished with a win in Ramsau am Dachstein and started with a win in Chaux-Neuve, beating Berhard Gruber from Austria by 4.7 seconds and Japan’s Akito Watabe by 6.5 seconds.
The winter of 2015/16 started capriciously with the windy weekend in Ruka and it continued difficultly as it did not really want to start at all: no snow and warm temperatures in central Europe caused many cancellations, postponements and rescheduling across all disciplines.
The long World Cup break is finally over and with the weekend in Chaux-Neuve coming up, it will be a second start into the World Cup winter of 2015/16. The following French athletes will chase victories and good results for their home crowd.