Second win in Seefeld for Eric Frenzel
Second Individual Gundersen competition in Seefeld and the second win goes to Eric Frenzel, too. The German crossed the finish line 2,9 seconds earlier than Mikko Kokslien from Norway. The podium was completed by Taylor Fletcher from the USA who fought with Kokslien in a finish line sprint but the photo finish decided the Norwegian to be the runner-up. Still, for Fletcher the day ended with a career best and his first World Cup podium ever.
After a day of rest, Haavard Klemetsen was back in full force on the hill today. In spite of his knee which is still not fully healed, the Norwegian landed a jump of 103 metres which gave him 126,7 points and the lead for the cross-country race. Taihei Kato showed the crowd of about 3.500 spectators another great jump of 105,5 metres (123,6 p.) and started from the second position, twelve seconds after Klemetsen. Bernhard Gruber had another great day on the hill and came in third with a jump of 101,5 metres and 122,9 points.
Eric Frenzel and Tino Edelmann set themselves up promisingly on the seventh and fifth rank, just 32 and 27 seconds behind Klemetsen and were definitely among the candidates for the victory today. Czech Pavel Churavy also claimed a Top Ten result after the ski jumping, ranking tenth with a time disadvantage of 49 seconds. The contenders for the yellow bib, Jason Lamy Chappuis and Magnus Moan both did not have the best jumps. Moan ranked 16th, 1:19 behind teammate Klemetsen, Lamy Chappuis was only 24th, 1:31 behind the leader.
In the exciting cross-country race in perfect winter conditions, the even bigger crowd of spectators saw Frenzel sking a strong race again. He and teammate Edelmann quickly caught up with leader Klemetsen and formed a bigger leading group with the two Japanese Yoshito Watabe, Taihei Kato and Austrian Berni Gruber. Magnus Moan, Mikko Kokslien and Taylor Fletcher skied a very fast race and caught up with the leaders before the last lap.
Moan, Gruber and Edelmann did not have the energy to follow Frenzel, Kokslien and Fletcher all the way. In the last metres of the race, Frenzel made a tactically smart move and used the momentum from behind to overtake Kokslien before the last turn into the finish. Kokslien and Fletcher fought hard for the second and third place, the Norwegian having the better end in a photo finish once again.
You can find the full result list here.
Next weekend, the Nordic Combined circus will make a stop at Klingenthal, Germany. One Individual Gundersen competition and a new edition of the Penalty Race are on schedule for the weekend.