OPA: Double victory for Vinzenz Geiger in Seefeld
The past weekend did not only have the Nordic Combined World Cup events in Ramsau am Dachstein, the first OPA Alpencup competitions also got underway in Seefeld, Austria. After collecting first World Cup points in Lillehammer, Vinzenz Geiger and Terence Weber went on a winning spree in the Alpencup. Geiger topped the podium on both days and Weber recorded two second places. The podium was completed by France’s Laurent Muhlethaler on Saturday and local hero Florian Dagn from Austria on Sunday.
Geiger and Weber had already been in the lead after the jumping event on Saturday, divided by only a narrow margin of two seconds going out on the cross-country track after their 104 and 103.5 metre jumps. Florian Dagn followed in third, four seconds after the leader Geiger and Christian Deuschl started only six seconds behind. A strong performance on cross-country skis made the first victory for Geiger reality. He put a distance of 12.7 seconds between him and his teammate Terence Weber. Laurent Muhlethaler improved from rank six to the podium and finished 56 seconds behind Geiger. The strongest cross-country time of 23:21.5 catapulted Noa Ian Mraz from Austria from a 38th to a final fourth position. Ranks five and six went to Philip Beikircher and Florian Dagn.
Ski Jumping Results
On the second day, Geiger topped the jumping result list again but this time the distances between athletes were slightly bigger. 105 metres and a tally of 127.5 points put Geiger 12 second ahead of Florian Dagn who accumulated 124.5 points. Terence Weber clocked 103 metres and started 22 seconds behind Geiger.
Also on the 5 kilometre-track, Geiger was never in any serious danger. He finished 36 seconds ahead of Terence Weber and on the 5 kilometres, Florian Dagn was also able to hold on to a podium position and finished 56.2 seconds later than Geiger. Ranks four to six went to Stefan Hauser, Tim Kopp and Philip Beikircher.
Ski Jumping Results
In the overall rankings that included also the summer competitions in Klingenthal, Winterberg and Hinterzarten, Laurent Muhlethaler (FRA) leads with 350 points, the second rank is occupied by Phillip Mauersberger (GER) with 278 points and Vinzenz Geiger now ranks third (260 points). The Alpencup will now move to Schonach on the 15th and 16h of January.