COC: Vinzenz Geiger victorious in Ramsau
Vinzenz Geiger (GER) has taken his career-first COC victory in the first Individual Gundersen event in Ramsau am Dachstein. The German shared the podium with his teammate Terence Weber (+3.9) and Austria’s Lukas Greiderer (+9.6) who returned to the COC after competing in the World Cup in Trondheim at the beginning of the week.
Jumping specialist Tobias Simon dominated the first part of the competition once more and set the longest jump of the day with 99 metres and a point total of 132.5 points. Terence Weber was the first to follow him on the track with a delay of 10 seconds after jumping 98 metres (130 p.). Fellow German Tobias Haug showed 97.5 metres and claimed the intermediate third rank with 12 seconds of time behind for the race.
Vinzenz Geiger managed to hold on to a very promising starting position as fourth and had to make up 24 seconds on his teammate Simon. Szczepan Kupczak from Poland returned from his injury break after severely dislocating his shoulder in the World Cup competition Ramsau in December and achieved a fifth intermediate rank there now.
From the second lap onwards, a leading group of four German athletes formed with consisting of Terence Weber, Tobias Haug and Tobias Simon as well as Vinzenz Geiger. Lukas Greiderer and Martin Fritz were in hot pursuit with Greiderer taking off to catch the leaders in the third lap. The group stayed together until the last lap when Tobias Simon and Tobias Haug were not able to match the pace anymore and Greiderer worked his way forward. In the end, Geiger was the strongest athlete on the last metres and took his first-ever win.
Behind the three podium athletes, Tobias Haug had to be satisfied with a fourth position today, followed by jumping winner Tobias Simon und Finland’s Arttu Mäkiaho who set the second-fastest time of the day and turned rank 21 into position six.
The fastest cross-country time came from France’s Hugo Buffard once more who finally entered COC points by advancing from position 41 after jumping to a final 13th position by skiing the 10 km in 21:39.3.
Ski Jumping Result