Johannes Rydzek, the king of summer!
Johannes Rydzek proved to be unbeatable this summer and won all five competitions of the Summer Grand Prix 2014, including today’s Final Individual Gundersen with 2 rounds of jumping and 15 kilometres of roller-skiing. With a perfect score of 400 points, he also took the overall ahead of teammates Eric Frenzel and Björn Kircheisen.
In the 15 kilometre race, Rydzek finished with a huge margin on one minute and 33 seconds ahead of Eric Frenzel and 1:41 ahead of Austrian youngster Lukas Greiderer who finished with a career best third rank.
One part of Rydzek’s strength was based on a new-found great jumping shape. Rydzek ruled supreme in both rounds with jumps of 135 and 136.5 metres, giving him 267 points and a big headstart of 49 seconds on Austria’s Christoph Bieler who accumulated 254.8 points. Eric Frenzel ranked third at the intermediate point with 249.3 points and a time behind of +1:11.
Young Austrian Lukas Greiderer held onto a fourth rank after the jumping with 12.9.5 and 129 metres. He started +1:24 after Rydzek. Also in the Top Ten were Finland’s Ilkka Herola, Björn Kircheisen, Maxime Laheurte, Marjan Jelenko, Jason Lamy Chappuis and Miroslav Dvorak.
In the race, Rydzek was never in any danger to lose his pole position and could enjoy the 15 kilometres taking him to his fifth victory in the fifth competition of the summer. The fight for the places two and three was on, however, between Rydzek’s teammate Eric Frenzel who overtook Christoph Bieler at the beginning of the race. Young Austrian Lukas Greiderer showed a strong performance, caught up to Frenzel and held onto the World and Olympic champion until the end of the race. He secured his first ever podium finish on World Cup or Summer Gran Prix level with rank three.
Jason Lamy Chappuis ended up on rank four, followed by Miroslav Dvorak, Marjan Jelenko, Harald Lemmerer, Mario Seidl, Björn Kircheisen and Bernhard Gruber, making this into a very successful day for the Austrian team.
You can find the full result list here.