Riiber finally on the podium in Lahti as Norway wins the Team Sprint
Jørgen Graabak and Jarl Magnus Riiber took the Team Sprint victory on Saturday. The Norwegians were leading already after the ski jumping round. The team has been very consistent during the whole season.
– Both me and Jarl had a strong competition. It was a stable and very good day for us. We have very stong ski jumpers and also skiiers in the team and I’m really happy to have such strong guys around me, says Graabak.
The fight for the second and third place seemed to be between Germany I (Terence Weber ja Manuel Faißt) and Japan I. Akito Watabe had bad luck however when he broke his pole during the race. That gave the chance for the chasing group to come closer and eventually catch the Japan team.
In the end the fight for the third place was between Germany II and Norway II. Vinzenz Geiger was stronger in the last lap and he was able to secure the podium place for him and Johannes Rydzek. Germany I became second so it was a good day for both of the German teams.
Riiber, who has not had the best of luck in Salpausselkä before, could enjoy his time when he finally crossed the finish line. This is the first time Riiber, who has dominated the competitions this season, reaches a podium in Lahti.
– I’m really happy. Third time is the charm for Jarl, and he finally gets the deserved win here in Lahti, says teammate Graabak.
Photo: Heidi Lehikoinen