8-9 January 2022* (*t.b.c.)

VAL DI FIEMME AND RIIBER, LOVE CONTINUES

THE NORWEGIAN WINS DRAMATIC SPRINT, PITTIN 5TH

 17.01.2021
VAL DI FIEMME AND RIIBER, LOVE CONTINUES

Individual Gundersen NH104/10 km, last race of the Nordic Combined weekend in Val di Fiemme
Jarl Magnus Riiber edged Germany’s Eric Frenzel and Vinzenz Geiger by 0.1 of a second
Great performance from Pittin of Italy, fifth place for him after the sprint
The other Italians: Samuel Costa 20th, Raffaele Buzzi 28th, Aaron Kostner 48th and Giulio Bezzi 49th


Jarl Magnus Riiber shone again in today’s Gundersen in Val di Fiemme (ITA). After winning Friday’s Individual Gundersen NH104/10km, Riiber snatched another victory on Italian soil, thus extending his lead in the overall World Cup standings (560 points) over Geiger (371 points). The jumping round took place at 10 a.m. in the Ski Jumping Stadium in Predazzo under a leaden sky. It was a nice round that produced an incredibly tight result, with twenty athletes within 40 seconds and fully in the game for the victory, including Italy’s Alessandro Pittin (+0:14). Ryota Yamamoto of Japan was in pole position after the jump – great jumps for him over the weekend in Val di Fiemme – ahead of France’s Laurent Muhlethaler (+0:02) and Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber (+0:03).
The Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero staged a dramatic 10km race on extremely demanding tracks. It was no wonder that the packed leading group of about twenty athletes stayed together throughout the entire race. In the first three laps the group stayed together, even though Finland’s Herola tried to break away. He was immediately caught by the group led by Germany’s Riessle and Geiger, with the help of Frenzel, and by Alessandro Pittin of Italy, who took the lead of the group for a few moments. It was a tactical race, with the top athletes keeping everything under control until they battled it out for the podium in a dramatic sprint for the line. In the last downhill towards the stadium Herola was in the lead, followed by the Germans, by the Norwegians and by Alessandro Pittin.
With 100 metres to go, Riiber, Frenzel and Geiger picked the three lanes for the concluding sprint, with Graabak, Pittin and Herola struggling to find a way to overtake them.
Jarl Magnus Riiber crossed the finish line in first place – a hard-fought victory – a mere 0.1s ahead of the German duo. Riiber won by a ski length, while Frenzel finished second by a shoe length ahead of Geiger (both Germans 0.1s behind the leader) – it’s just a matter of centimetres. The podium was similar to Friday’s one, with Frenzel replacing Ilkka Herola.
Italy had hoped to see Alessandro Pittin finish on the podium today. Pittin was in fact fully in the game and fought until the end against Riiber and co. He finished 5th, 0.7s behind the winner – a great result for him. Everyone hopes to see him always fight for a place on the podium, with a view to the next World Championships in Oberstdorf and, who knows, even to the home Olympics in 2026. Samuel Costa and Raffaele Buzzi performed well too, with Costa starting in 23rd place and finishing in 20th place (+0:38), while Buzzi finished 28th after starting in 31st place. Aaron Kostner and Giulio Bezzi finished in 48th and 49th place respectively.

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Men Individual Gundersen NH/10 km
1 RIIBER Jarl Magnus NOR 27:16.1; 2 FRENZEL Eric GER +0.1; 3 GEIGER Vinzenz GER +0.1; 4 GRAABAK Joergen NOR +0.6; 5 PITTIN Alessandro ITA +0.7; 6 HEROLA Ilkka FIN +0.9; 7 BJOERNSTAD Espen NOR +1.6; 8 RIESSLE Fabian GER +1.7; 9 FAISST Manuel GER +1.7; 10 HIRVONEN Eero FIN +3.2
20 COSTA Samuel +38.8; 28 BUZZI Raffaele +1.20.8; 48 KOSTNER Aaron +4.23.2; 49 BEZZI Giulio +6.56.7

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