Norway keeps on winning: Johansen takes COC in Eisenerz
After their triumph at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Norwegian Nordic Combined team keeps on winning: Truls Johansen took the first of three Continental Cup wins in the Austrian venue of Eisenerz. The 22-year-old crossed the finish line 1.7 seconds ahead of overall leader Marco Pichlmayer and 4.3 second ahead of Sepp Schneider.
After the ski jumping part, Germany's strong jumper Wolfgang Bösl had been in the lead by setting the longest jump of the day with 94.5 metres. With this distance, he had 26 second of head start on Austria's Tobias Kammerlander who jumped 92.5 metres. Winner Johansen who is rather known as a strong cross-country skier had a decent jump of 89 metres and with 111 points, he claimed an intermediate eighth rank and 54 seconds of time behind on Bösl.
In the cross-country race, Johansen had to fight against five Austrians who took up the ranks two till six in the final result table but still proved to be the strongest athlete of the day and crossed the finish line first after a final fight with overall COC leader Marco Pichlmayer who set the fastest time of the field with 23:14.9.
"I am happy to win in Eisenerz for the second time", the winner said after the competition "I felt good but the race wasn't easy, given that there were five Austrians gunning for me." Overall leader Pichlmayer who extended his lead to 400 points over Druml's 357 was also satisfied with his second place: "I am happy with the jumping, I was only one minute behind. I was able to close the gap to Johansen and was strong enough to fight for the win today."