Geiger's races to maiden World Cup victory in Val di Fiemme

Geiger's races to maiden World Cup victory in Val di Fiemme
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2019 at 18:19Updated

Germany’s Vinzenz Geiger hailed a 'perfect' plan that came to fruition as his compatriot Johannes Rydzek helped him secure a maiden individual Gundersen World Cup victory in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Having finished fourth in the morning's ski jump, the German pair launched a combined assault in the cross-country phase that yielded the 21-year-old's first victory.

After jumping winner Franz-Josef Rehrl's lead evaporated, Geiger and Rydzek teamed up to keep the pace steady and high, taking Akito Watabe out of contention on the third lap.

"It was a really nice race from both of us, we did a great job together to get away from the others," said Geiger, finishing in an overall time of 26:34.

"It was tactical and how we planned. It was perfect."

The pair have pedigree in combination having claimed silver in the team sprint in the Dolomites yesterday.

Geiger finished 7.6s ahead of his team-mate with Japan’s Watabe crossing the line 40.6s after the winner.

The German, whose first podium finish came in the 2016-17 season in Ramsau, sits fifth in the overall World Cup standings with the event moving to Chaux-Neuve next weekend.

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