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Geiger “very satisfied” with fourth place – Graabak wins, Riiber weakens

Completely exhausted, Vinzenz Geiger leaned on his ski poles and blew extensively. The rock-hard Olympic dress rehearsal in Seefeld only brought the best German combined athlete an unsatisfactory fourth place, but it brought valuable insight and new impetus to reach for gold in Beijing. “There are still a few construction sites, nothing works by itself,” said the Oberstdorfer on “ZDF”: “But overall I can be very satisfied.”

After second place on Friday and his second win of the season on Saturday, the 24-year-old was not able to secure the hoped-for podium in the Tyrolean triple at the end of the overall triumph of Norwegian Jörgen Graabak. But more important was the endurance test character with regard to the Winter Games in China, which begin on Friday.

“It was important for the whole team to gain self-confidence,” said national coach Hermann Weinbuch, who is traveling to Beijing with his quintet from the Austrian highlands on Wednesday: “We were outstanding in running for the first few days, but today we’re a bit tired – you have that Hardships of the previous days noticed.

30-year-old Graabak, who hadn’t won a World Cup in three years, prevailed in the final leg of the grueling three-day competition after the 12.5km cross-country ski run by a 1.5 second lead over Austria’s World Champion Johannes Lamparter. Top favorite Jarl Magnus Riiber, triple winner of 2020 and 2021, showed weaknesses again and finished third (+14.9).

Geiger still fought his way up three places with an energetic performance, but was 47.8 seconds behind Graabak. Julian Schmid, Terence Weber, who started the trail in second place, and the four-time triple winner Eric Frenzel finished ninth to eleventh. Johannes Rydzek completed the quintet of Olympic riders in 14th place.

Weather brought Geiger to a better starting position

The last day’s jumping was canceled at midday due to strong winds and Saturday’s provisional round (PCR) was used as the basis for the decisive cross-country skiing event. This cost Geiger a better starting position than seventh place.

A competition was held in Seefeld on three days in a row, with the running distance increasing from 7.5 to 10 to 12.5 km. One jump each time. The top 15 of each day received bonus points, which they carried over to the next day as a head start. Unlike in previous years, the time intervals after cross-country skiing were not relevant.

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