Johannes Rydzek (GER, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated his first win of the season in Ruka (FIN) on Sunday followed by his compatriot Eric Frenzel (GER, Fischer skis and boots).
The German team returned to top with a double victory at the end of the first World Cup, having suffered from the gusty wind for the past few days. Today there were good conditions on the hill which Maxime Laheurte (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) used for a long jump on 145 meters. An old knee injury broke out again in the outrun, but nevertheless the Frenchman was the first to start into the race and ski fast. On the second lap, Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots), Mario Seidl (AUT) and Espen Andersen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) joined him, soon after the top group consisted of eleven athletes. In a flat part of the last lap, Akito Watabe fell and also took Jørgen Graabak (NOR, Fischer) to the ground. The Japanese lost a ski and dropped far behind, while Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel attacked into the final climb. Side by side, both fought for the lead, which Rydzek was able to secure at the end of the climb. He took his first win of the season in front of Eric Frenzel. 'I was not dissatisfied on Friday, and that has increased day by day. It's tactical, nobody wants to ski in front, which gave us a chance to attack,' said Rydzek. Maxime Laheurte finished fourth and Espen Andersen sixth. Francois Braud (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh. Graabak finished ninth, eleventh went to Watabe.
=> HS142/10km Ruka (FIN)