Who will carry the yellow bib into 2018?

14 December 2017 10:13
Johannes Rydzek in Ramsau am Dachstein 2016/17
Johannes Rydzek in Ramsau am Dachstein 2016/17 -
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The Nordic Combined World Cup makes a last stop in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria before the Christmas break and with two Individual Gundersen events and a total of 200 World Cup points on the line, it remains to be seen who makes himself the best Christmas present: the yellow bib.

Surprise World Cup leader Espen Andersen has a 52-point lead on runner-up Akito Watabe and after him, the ranking is tight: only one point separate Watabe from third-placed Jan Schmid, who is in turn one point ahead of Germany’s Johannes Rydzek. The third weekend of the 2017/18 winter might be a first indicator of who is here to stay on top of the World Cup and who had lucky days in Scandinavia only.

Ramsau’s HS 98 hill, the smallest on the World Cup tour, is known for a tight field after the jumping event and it remains to be seen which athlete can cope best with the “Mass Start” conditions on the track. Broken poles or crashes are not uncommon on the winding 2.5 km loop that features fast downhills and and challenging uphills. 

Traditionally a place for the stronger skiers, Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel both won an event here last year (both with complete German podium sweeps) but also jumping sensation Jarl Magnus Riiber has a second and third place to show for from 2015, with a triple Norwegian podium sweep as well). With a field as wide open as this year, the weekend will certainly be full of suspense and surprises and maybe even another podium sweep is possible... for which team remains to be seen, though.

 

Program (local times! CET)

Friday, 15.12.

10:00 Official training HS 98

12:00 Provisional Competition Round/Qualification

14:00 Official training cross-country

Saturday, 16.12.

10:00 Trial Round HS 98

11:00 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN Competition Round HS 98 

14:00 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN 10 km cross-country race

Sunday, 17.12.

10:00 Trial Round HS 98

11:30 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN Competition Round HS 98

13:45 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN 10 km cross-country race

Timetable subject to change!

 

Quick Facts:

HILL

WM-Schanze

HS 98

TRACK

WM-Stadion

2.5 km loop

Height Difference: 40 m

Maximum Climb: 40 m

Total Climb: 88 m

Find a map here. 

 

LAST YEAR’S PODIUM

IG: 1. Johannes Rydzek (GER), 2. Fabian Rießle (GER) 3. Eric Frenzel (GER)

IG: 1. Eric Frenzel (GER), 2. Fabian Rießle (GER), 3. Vinzenz Geiger (GER)