Norway wins first team event of the season
The team from Norway consisting of Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Moan, Mikko Kokslien and Joergen Graabak took the first team event win of the season in Schonach today. After a very strong cross-country race the Norwegian squad crossed the finish line clear 48,5 seconds before the runners-up from Germany (Johannes Rydzek, Tino Edelmann, Björn Kircheisen and Eric Frenzel). The team from the USA joined Norway and Germany for their first ever team event podium as Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong claimed the third rank.
After the ski jumping competition round, the Norwegian team was in the lead a total of 467 points and a mini-margin of only 0,2 points which meant a start at the same time and the Austrian team who was holding the second rank (466,8 p.). Strong jumps by Klemetsen and Graabak but also two very solid tries by Kokslien and Moan, who usually are not the jumping specialists in the Norwegian team helped secure the razor-thin advantage over the Austrians.
In the Austrian team, Christoph Bieler was back in great jumping shape and set the second-longest jump of the day with 100 metres. But also Bieler's young teammate and Continental Cup podium candidate Sepp Schneider held his own during the ski jumping. Team Japan ranked third after the jumping, starting 20 seconds after the leading duo. The local heroes from Germany followed on rank four with a time disadvantage of 38 seconds for the cross-country race.
The cross-country race was dominated quite clearly by the Norwegian team. Only Haavard Klemetsen skied in the second position after Austria's Sepp Schneider who showed a courageous cross-country race and exchanged to the second group in the first position but in the second group, Magnus Moan took the lead from Christoph Bieler and the Norwegians never relinquished it again. The German team managed to work their way to the second rank with a fast 5 kilometres by Björn Kircheisen but Eric Frenzel was not able to get any closer to the leading Norwegians on the last lap. The US-team was fighting for the third rank with the teams from France and Austria and had the better end for themselves on the last lap.
You can find the full result list here.
The result does not impact the lead in the Nations Cup Standings as the Norwegians were already ahead of France and Austria. After today's race, Norway accumulated 1568 points, France is ranked second with 998 points and Germany claimed the third rank with 997 points.
The next Individual Gundersen competition will take place tomorrow. The ski jumping competition round starts early in the morning at 8:35, the cross-country race at 12:30.