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Nordic Combined: Geiger sets exclamation mark before Olympia

Vinzenz Geiger celebrates his second win of the season in the combined triple, “Seefeld-König” Eric Frenzel also shines as fourth.

Vinzenz Geiger looked back briefly on the home straight, then he threw his arms in the air full of joy and relief. “I always knew that the chance would come. Today it worked out perfectly,” said the combined Olympic champion on “ZDF” after storming to victory on the second day of the Beijing dress rehearsal in Seefeld – and finally his great Norwegian rival Jarl Magnus Riiber had cracked.

On the second stage of the three-day Nordic Combined Triple in Tyrol, the 24-year-old from Oberstdorf prevailed in front of Austria’s world champion Johannes Lamparter (+1.7 seconds) after a tactically outstanding performance. Third was the Norwegian Jörgen Graabak (+4.2). Dominator Riiber only came in tenth after bad luck in jumping and unexpected weaknesses in the cross-country ski run.

“Tomorrow I will have to give absolutely everything”

This means that Geiger, for whom it was his second win of the season – Riiber missed the first in Val di Fiemme – has the chance on Sunday (12:45 p.m. jumping/2:30 p.m. cross-country skiing) to be the second German after Eric Frenzel to achieve overall success of the renowned competition series. However, 12.5 km will be run instead of the usual 10 km. “It was already very tough today, tomorrow I’ll have to give absolutely everything,” said Geiger.

Frenzel, who won the first four editions of the triple from 2014 to 2017 and is the “King of Seefeld” with 13 World Cup victories and two world championship titles in the World Cup location from 2019, finished fourth on Saturday. Terence Weber came in fifth, Julian Schmid was sixth. Of the five German Olympic riders, only Johannes Rydzek dropped out in 16th place.

Riiber causes a moment of shock

Riiber, the clear winner of the opening event on Friday, caused a moment of shock on the hill when a gust of wind caught him shortly after the jump. Although the 24-year-old landed safely thanks to his skills, he only started the cross-country ski run from 13th place, 1:10 minutes behind. There, the triple winner of 2020 and 2021 as well as eight-time winners of the season was initially able to catch up with the top group before surprisingly losing his strength.

A competition is 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 receive bonus points, which they carry over to the next day as a head start. Unlike in previous years, the time intervals after cross-country skiing are not important. Whoever reaches the finish line first on Sunday is the overall winner.

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