Home victory for Team Germany in Oberstdorf
Team Germany has handed in a very good application for a Sochi team medal by winning the last team event before the season highlight in front of their home crowd in Oberstdorf today. Eric Frenzel skied the victory into the finish on the last leg of the race, crossing the finish line 1.3 seconds before Jason Lamy Chappuis from the second-placed team of France. Team Austria claimed the third and remaining podium rank
Maxime Laheurte who opened the race for the French team managed to hold into his lead for only the first lap until a leading group of three athletes formed with his pursuers from Germany and Austria. The first three teams stayed together for more or less the whole race, only interrupted by an attack by Johannes Rydzek who went for it on the last uphill of his leg and managed to create a 10 second gap when he exchanged to Riessle. After the next uphill, Sebastian Lacroix and Christoph Bieler had caught up with Riessle again, so Rydzek's attempt proved futile.
In the end, it was superstar Eric Frenzel who had the best card in today's poker game of a race. He attacked on the last uphill of the race and managed to get away a few metres from Jason Lamy Chappuis and Mario Stecher and these few metres secured the German home victory.
With a good effort on the cross-country track, the Norwegian team consisting of Ole Martin Storlien, Jan Schmid, Thomas Kjelbotn and Truls Johansen claimed the final fourth rank, finishing a whopping +02:16.7 after the winners. The Finnish team held onto a fifth rank, Team Japan finished sixth.
One final Individual Gundersen event is on tomorrow before the athletes go into a last well-deserved short break before Sochi.