Frenzel dazzles the competition in the PCR in Chaux-Neuve
Eric Frenzel is back from the Christmas break and he is stronger than ever. The German won the PCR in Chaux-Neuve with an impressive jump of 115 metres, the longest jump of the day. With 128.3 points he lead the field and would go into the cross-country race with 26 seconds of head start on teammate Tobias Haug who claimed a good second rank with 113 metres (121.9 p.). Jan Schmid from Norway ranked third with 109,5 metres and 121 points.
The Austrian team had a strong jumping day, putting four athletes in the Top 11 ranks for the PCR: last weekend's winner Willi Denifl ranked fourth (+0:37), Christoph Bieler and Mario Seidl both 6th (+0:42) and Bernhard Gruber 11th (+0:47). USA's Bill Demong also had a strong jump and ranked fifth with 108.5 metres, giving him 40 seconds of time behind on Frenzel. Local hero Jason Lamy Chappuis also did not disappoint with 108 metres, ranking ninth.
Among the 13 athletes who did not qualify for tomorrow's competition were French local heroes Hugo Buffard and Theo Hannon and USA's Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney. Veteran Todd Lodwick crashed during his jump and had to be transported to the hospital to check for shoulder injuries.
You can find the full result list here.