Nordic Combined: Geiger combined in the lead at Klingenthal – Frenzel third

To: 21/01/2023 16:37

The wind is blowing on the program for Nordic combined athletes in Klingenthal. On Saturday (January 21, 2023), there were no jumps – instead the mass start started on the cross-country track. Vinzenz Geiger and Eric Frenzel were able to shine there.

By Dirk Hofmeister and Jonas Schlott

First there was no snow, then too much wind blew over the Vogtland. The Nordic Combined World Cup in Klingenthal also faced unfavorable conditions on Saturday.

After the postponement of the competitions to this weekend due to lack of snow, the planned jumping could not take place due to the strong wind. Instead, the first of the two competitions was split in two: The jury of the world association FIS decided to initially favor cross-country skiing over 10 kilometers as a mass start race. The jump should be caught on Sunday from 8:30 am.

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Geiger WINS – Frenzel third in front of a home crowd

Vinzenz Geiger coped better with this unusual decision. The player from Oberstdorf, injured last, had the best cross-country skiing tactics and stayed in the shadow of the leading group for a long time before taking the lead on the last lap. 28:41.5 minutes meant first place for the Olympic champion.

I didn’t know how I felt after the last time I was in bed with the flu“, Geiger analyzed his run on ZDF: “That’s why I held back at first. Tomorrow I have to do one of my best jumps because the peloton is very tight.”

Frenzel: “The audience had a great time”

Second was Jens Lurås Oftebro from Norway (+1.2 seconds) ahead of record world champion Eric Frenzel (+1.3). The local hero rewarded himself with a fantastic performance in front of his home crowd. “The public played a big role in it.Frenzel explained. Especially since “Wind and fresh snow is not an easy race” authorized

Eric Frenzel finished third in the World Cup on home soil in Klingenthal.

Johannes Rydzek finished tenth. Fabian Riessle lands just behind. Julian Schmid had invested a lot at the top, but he was not rewarded and he finished no higher than 16th. Terence Weber (24th) and Manuel Faißt (25th) also have room for improvement. Jakob Lange made a big mistake and was overtaken in 26th place. Wendelin Thannheimer is also in the top 30 as 28th.

Schmid long in the management group

In heavy snowfall and wind, Schmid led the field on the opening lap with Finland’s Ilkka Herola. Geiger then gradually pushed forward and aimed for the top. Meanwhile, Schmid pushed the pace, but failed in his attempt to create a gap for the first time.

Even after four kilometers the peloton remained tight. Schmid continued to be in the lead group. Oftebro attempted to escape up a climb, but was unable to shake off his pursuers. The other DSV athletes also stayed in contact with the front.

Geiger and Frenzel rolling in the field

The lead kept changing on the penultimate lap. The snow was deep and the effort on the climbs was enormous. Lange made his way just before the stadium entrance. Assuming he already had the objective in mind, he took a wrong turn and had to turn back. Geiger was able to take advantage of Lange’s error and regain a few places. Suddenly, Frenzel was at the forefront as well.

He is also the local hero who, together with Oftebro, Geiger and Lamparter, was able to follow the increase in speed on the last lap. The quartet had widened the decisive gap. In the last 100 meters Geiger overtook his competitors and also had the most reserves in the sprint to the finish.

Riiber in fifth place in the comeback

With Jarl Magnus Riiber, the World Cup leader was there for the first time since mid-December. The 25-year-old combo dominator suffered from a parasitic infection in early January, which prevented him from training and forced him to cancel the World Cup in Otepää, Estonia. The Norwegian’s lack of competition and training was barely noticeable on the course. He finished fifth and is only 2.8 points behind in show jumping.

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Race director Ottesen: “I hope tomorrow will be calmer”

According to race director Lasse Ottesen, there was no alternative to splitting the program in two. “It was very windy early today. It also snowed a bit. The wind was too strong all day.”Ottesen explained on ZDF: “There was only a short break during which we were able to start training. For safety and fairness reasons, we had to stop training and we were unable to start a competition. I hope it will be a bit calmer tomorrow.”

A practice jump is to take place on Sunday at 7.30 a.m., from 8.30 a.m. the competition jump for the Saturday competition will take place. From 10 a.m., athletes are due to return to the hill and from the Bakken for the Gundersen competition on Sunday.

The World Cup in Klingenthal on the verge of the abyss for a long time

Klingenthal organizers didn’t have to struggle with the weather for the first time in recent weeks. The World Cup was originally scheduled for last weekend. However, a serious lack of snow initially forced the organizers to cancel.

The FIS then offered Klingenthal a replacement for the World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, France, which was also canceled due to lack of snow. The event was on the brink until Tuesday due to uncertain weather forecasts.

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