Klingenthal presented itself as a perfect winter wonderland on the first day of the Continental Cup weekend, if only there had been no wind. After one trial round and the Provisional Competition Round on Friday morning, the competition round for the Individual Gundersen 5km had to be interrupted over and over again until the jury decided that jumping wasn’t possible anymore and PCR had to be used.
Norway’s Simen Tiller was the lucky jumping round winner with a jump to 139.0m (137.5p.), which brought him an advantage of 26 seconds ahead of his teammate Espen Andersen (133.0m, 131.0p.) and Austria’s Christian Deuschl (130.0m, 131.0p.). Fourth place after jumping went to Austria’s Philipp Orter (134.0m, 130.1p.), fifth was Szczepan Kupczak (132.5m, 126.4p.), on rank six followed Lars Ivar Skaarset (133.0m, 125.4p.).
In the end his advantage on the hill was enough for Tiller and made him celebrate a clear start-finish-victory. The fight for rank two was a very close affair between the two World Cup athletes Andersen (+21.6 sec) and Orter (+22.7 sec) with the better ending for the Norwegian. Rank four went to the young Austrian Manuel Einkemmer (+56.6 sec), who was 7th after the jumping part. Fifth was Skaarset (+57.1 sec), sixth place went to Kupczak (+01:02.9 min). Strong cross-country skier Jakob Lange, Leif Torbjoern Naesvold, David Mach and Thomas Rettenegger completed the top ten.
The fastest man on the track was Lars Buraas from Norway, whose disadvantage of 04:52 min was too much for him to reach Continental Cup points on a 5km race.
The weekend in Klingenthal will continue with a 10km Individual Gundersen event on Saturday.