Eric Frenzel (GER)
Eric Frenzel, Fabian Riessle, Johannes Rydzek, Tino Edelmann (GER) (l-r)
Eric Frenzel (GER), Fabian Riessle (GER)
Francois Braud (FRA), Johannes Rydzek (GER)
Fabian Riessle (GER)
Sebastien Lacroix, Francois Braud, Jason Lamy Chappuis, Maxime Laheurte (FRA) (l-r)


The German nordic combined quartet composed of Tino Edelmann (GER), Johannes Rydzek (GER, Fischer skis and boots), Fabian Riessle (GER, Fischer skis and boots) and Eric Frenzel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) secured victory in team competition in Oberstdorf ahead of France and Austria.
Triple-header for the victory
Due to the preparation for the Olympic Games of most of the top athletes today's team event with each one jump and each five kilometres cross-country skiing became a triple-header between Germany, Austria composed of Denifl, Pichlmayer, Bieler und Stecher (all AUT) and the Frenchmen Maxime Laheurte (FRA, Fischer skis and boots), Francois Braud (FRA, Fischer skis and boots), Sebastien Lacroix and Jason Lamy Chappuis (both FRA). French team started round about 20 seconds ahead into cross-country race but the chasers were able to close the gap soon. Responsible for that was primarily Johannes Rydzek who showed an excellent skiing performance and even opened a ten-second-gap. But due to extremely tactically skiing in the second half of the race the final decision was made at the last uphill at Burgstall shortly before the finish: Eric Frenzel attacked and was even able to create a small gap. Second went to team France followed by Austria. The chasing group of three with Norway, Finland and Japan finished more than two minutes behind.
HS137/4x5k, Oberstdorf (GER):
1. Deutschland
GER 00.50.02,30
2. Frankreich
FRA 00.50.03,60
3. Österreich
AUT 00.50.04,30
4. Norwegen
NOR 00.52.19,00
5. Finnland
FIN 00.52.22,70
6. Japan
JPN 00.52.23,90
7. Slowenien
SLO 00.54.03,30
8. Russland
RUS 00.54.05,70
9. Tschechien
CZE 00.54.54,00
9. Italien
ITA 00.54.54,00
11. Polen
POL 00.57.06,60