Geoffrey Lafarge wins COC in Wisla
Geoffrey Lafarge (FRA) fought a fierce battle with Truls Soenstehagen Johansen (NOR) at the Continental Cup in Wisla (Poland) on Sunday. After a thrilling finish, the French was a fraction of a second faster than the Norwegian. Ole Martin Storlien from Norway came in third, 12,7 seconds behind the winner. After the ski jumping part all three of them occupied places outside the top ten and attacked during the race.
After the ski jumping part, Paul Hanf from Germany was in the lead with a jump of 128 metres and 121,5 points and started the race one second ahead of Sindre Ure Soetvik (NOR). Lafarge jumped 116,5 metres (105,7 p.) and ranked 24th , but lost only 1 min 3 seconds to Hanf.
The track was well-prepared, but heavy snow made the cross-country race very difficult. It was a good day for those who prefer cross-country than ski jumping. The fight for victory was between Geoffrey Lafarge and Truls Soenstehagen Johansen. Both of them occupied places outside the top 20, but managed to catch up quickly with the leading group and overtake their rivals in the fourth lap. Lafarge and Johansen fought to the end. After analyzing the photocell it was decided that the victory belonged to the Frenchman. Ole Martin Storlien from Norway crossed the finish line 12,7 seconds after the winner. The fastest time on the cross-country track was also set by Johansen (28.13.7 sec).
Lafarge was very satisfied after the race. "The ski jumping hill and the track were well-prepared and the conditions at the hill were good. Only the last ten competitiors had less luck, but this is sport. I didn't expect to win. I tried to do everything the best I can, run very fast and I managed to do this! I'm very happy!"
Todd Lodwick (USA), who was absent in Wisla, is still on the top of the overall with 300 points. The next COC competitions are on in Chaikovsky, Russia on the 11th, 12th and 13th of January.