At the end of the first Nordic Combined World Cup weekend in Ruka, Finland, ÖSV youngster Johannes Lamparter prove their class again with 4th place. The young Tyrolean only had to admit defeat to winner Jens Luraas Oftebro (NOR) and the two Germans Fabian Riessle (+ 1.9sec) and Manuel Faisst (+ 6.4sec).
The jump round had to be canceled because the wind was too strong and unpredictable, which is why the provisional competition round on Thursday was included in the evaluation. From an Austrian point of view, this was of particular benefit to Lamparter, who finished the “PCR”, as it is called in technical jargon, as a strong third. Only 26 seconds separated him from jumping winner Manuel Faisst (GER). As the second best Austrian, Franz-Josef Rehrl followed in sixth (+ 1min2sec). The provisional round was less positive for Dominator Jarl Magnus Riiber. The Norwegian was disqualified for a non-compliant suit.
In the cross-country race, Lamparter was able to close the gap to the top after four kilometers together with the German Fabian Riessle, who ran up against the Tyrolean from behind. The group of four with Lamparter, the two Germans Faisst and Riessle and the eventual winner Oftebro (NOR) fought for the podium in a row. In a tactical second half of the race, Johannes Lamparter lost contact with the top trio in the last descent and finally finished fourth (+ 11.8 seconds).
Franz-Josef Rehrl slipped from sixth place after the jumping as eleventh just out of the top ten (+ 1min6sec). Behind Rehrl, Thomas Jöbstl took 12th place. With the ninth run, the Carinthian improved from 14th place by two places (+ 1min19.8sec).
After finishing second and sixth in the first two competitions as well as the strong result today, Lamparter finished the Ruka Tour in third overall and can look forward to a total of CHF 10,500 in prize money. Despite today’s disqualification, Jarl Magnus Riiber secured victory in the overall standings, and today’s winner, Jens Luraas Oftebro, came second.
The other placements of the Austrians:
15. Lukas Greiderer (+1: 56.5)
20. Mario Seidl (+2: 06.3)
23. Martin Fritz (+2:35,9)
DNS: Lukas Klapfer
Johannes Lamparter: “Today was a cool race, first we slowed down in the group, then in the end it got very fast again. Unfortunately, I made a stupid mistake on the descent and lost a few meters as a result. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with the weekend and very happy. The podium in the overall Ruka ranking is very valuable to me and it shows that the first two days were no accident. That gives me a lot of self-confidence for the home world cup in Ramsau. ”
Franz-Josef Rehrl: “I found it a little more difficult today in the race than yesterday. I noticed that my legs were a bit tired and wanted to save up my energy for the last lap, which I did quite well. It wasn’t quite enough against the best runners in the world in the final ascent, but I’m confident that it will get even better over the course of the winter. But I’m completely satisfied with the weekend and I’m looking forward to the other competitions. ”
Head coach Christoph Eugen: “The whole team did a very good job and of course it’s fun when the successes come about. We knew that Johannes was in a very good mood, but we couldn’t have expected that he would hit the ground running and consistently at the front. He himself has the greatest fun, which is of course very important, also for the entire team. ”
The team stays in Ruka for training for two days and then travels to Rovaniemi, 2.5 hours away, on Tuesday. There the athletes will find ideal conditions on jumps and trails to train there for the entire coming week.
Since the competitions in Lillehammer, which were planned for the coming weekend, had to be postponed for the time being, the World Cup for the Nordic all-rounders will not continue until December 18-20 in Ramsau am Dachstein with the home World Cup.
Press info Austrian Ski Association