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Graabak cashes in without Riiber

Graabak cashes in without Riiber
By Sportsbeat

23/12/2018 at 13:05Updated 23/12/2018 at 13:34

Joergen Graabak took full advantage of Jarl Magnus Riiber's absence by taking victory in the men's Gundersen 10km World Cup race in Austria.

Nordic Combined World Cup leader Riiber opted to sit this event out and at the end of a thrilling race, Norway's Graabak came from third to take the win ahead of German pair Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Riessle.

"It makes me really happy, I have never been on the podium here before so it is a really great feeling, I did not expect that when we went into the last 300m because I was third," he said.

"But the finish is really fast and I am really happy that I could be first. It always feels good to win and with Jarl Magnus not here I am really happy to be the lucky one."

Riiber, who has 480 points, still has a mammoth lead at the top of the World Cup standings with Rydzek 185 points back.

But Graabak moves into third on 267 points, with Mario Seidl in fourth and Franz-Josef Rehrl in fifth.

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