FIS Tour de Ski - Final Climb
3-4-5 January 2020




FIS Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping World Cup races in Val di Fiemme
Today the first Nordic Combined Individual Gundersen between Predazzo and Lago di Tesero
1st Johannes Rydzek, 2nd Graabak, 3rd Seidl
Tonight at 6 pm Ski Jumping QR, tomorrow the competition rounds and the Nordic Combined Team Sprint

The first Nordic Combined World Cup race of the weekend took place today in Val di Fiemme (Italy) between the Ski Jumping Arena of Predazzo and the Cross-Country Stadium of Lago di Tesero. Tonight at 6 pm there will be the Ski Jumping qualification round. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek – who started from position fifth after the jumping round - won today's race ahead of the Norwegian Joergen Graabak and the Austrian Mario Seidl. In the morning session at the Ski Jumping Arena, Austria was leading with Mario Seidl (143.4) ahead of the Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber (133.6) – current World Cup leader – and the Russian Ernest Yahin (133.4). The Japanese Akito Watabe was fourth, the German Johannes Rydzek fifth, the Norwegian Joergen Graabak sixth, 17th place for Eric Frenzel. The winner of yesterday's provisional round Franz-Josef Rehrl was disqualified due to an irregularity on his suit (he was in second position).
Before the start at the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero the gaps from the lead were 39 seconds for Riiber, 40 for Yahin, 50 for Watabe, 52 for Rydzek and Graabak. It was a sunny day at the Cross-Country Stadium in view of the "showdown". After the first metres Riiber was second behind Mario Seidl; the gap didn’t seem to decrease and Graabak gained ground coming to fifth place, while Yahin - as expected - continued to lose meters in sixth position. Frenzel started gained three positions and was in 14th. The battle for the third place was interesting while Seidl continued to lead. The gap decreased and Riiber saw the leader at fourteen seconds. At km 3.8 Rydzek was third ahead of Graabak. The quintet gained ground leaving behind the pursuers, and Eric Frenzel was in the chasing group. In the last lap Frenzel gave up the fight for the first positions. Seidl lost about twenty seconds in a few kilometres, and he was overtaken first by Rydzek and then by Graabak. The German won with a great comeback ahead of Graabak, always excellent in Val di Fiemme, third place for a disappointed Seidl.
The Fiemme Ski World Cup O.C. offers a rich program for tomorrow with the Team Sprint 2x 7.5 km at 10 a.m. (jump) and at 2.15 p.m. (cross-country) between the Ski Jumping Arena in Predazzo and the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero, while the Ski Jumping World Cup will begin at 4 p.m. with the first competition round followed by the second jump.

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Gundersen HS 135/10 km
1 RYDZEK Johannes GER 26:58.4; 2 GRAABAK Joergen NOR +5.9; 3 SEIDL Mario AUT +7.1; 4 RIIBER Jarl Magnus NOR +24.5; 5 WATABE Akito JPN +29.6; 6 GEIGER Vinzenz GER +46.9; 7 FRENZEL Eric GER +49.7; 8 KLAPFER Lukas AUT +57.3; 9 SCHMID Jan NOR +1:01.2; 10 FAISST Manuel GER +1:17.7


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