New German summer nationals winners: Johannes Rydzek and Rießle & Faißt
Johannes Rydzek and the Team Baden-Württemberg consisting of Fabian Rießle and Manuel Faißt claimed the German national titles in the championships in Oberstdorf this year.
The individual competition took place on the German national holiday, October 3rd, and saw a jumping victory of young talent and Alpen Cup winner Terence Weber. With 135,9 points, the 17-year-old youngster went out on the 10 kilometres of roller-skiing through the city of Oberstdorf with a headstart of 23 seconds on Philipp Blaurock. Johannes Rydzek ranked third at the intermediate point with a time disadvantage of 45 seconds - no problem for the local hero starting for the ski club Oberstdorf who has also won at least one international summer competition in his home town for the last four years in a row.
As early as in the second round, Rydzek overtook Blaurock and Weber and never gave the victory out of his hands afterwards. National teammates Fabian Rießle and Manuel Faißt showed a strong cross-country performance and improved from a seventh and fifth rank to podium places two and three. Terence Weber managed to hold on to a strong fourth rank and claimed the junior title with this result.
In Friday's Team Sprint, Team Baden-Württemberg consisting of Manuel Faisst and Fabian Rießle took the title. The duo had already been in the lead with four seconds of headstart after the jumping part after setting two jumps of 98,5 and 101 metres which accumulated 245,5 points. Thuringia's Philipp Blaurock & Johannes Firn ranked second, Daniel Welde and Eric Frenzel, competing for Saxonia followed on the intermediate third rank.
On the 2 x 7,5 kilometres or roller-skiing, Faißt/Rießle were able to break away form their followers on the third lap while the fight for the other podium positions was definitely on. Thursday's winner Johannes Rydzek once again showed a strong skiing performance and was able to conquer the third rank during the second lap of the race. In the second-but-last lap, Blaurock/Firn were not able to keep up with the other leading teams anymore so that the end result said Rießle/Faißt first, 49,4 second ahead of Rydzek/Lange and a third place for Welde/Frenzel (+1:08,9).