Johannes Rydzek (GER) and Eric Frenzel (GER) claimed the Team Sprint HS 130/2×7.5km victory today in Lahti, Finland.
The German duo began the sprint course in first position after a commanding jumping performance. Their winning time was 24:53.
France , consisting of Jason Lamy Chappuis and François Braud, held second position across the finish but were later disqualified because of an illegal passing violation.
This left the second podium spot to Germany’s second team, Tino Edelmann and Fabian Riessle), whom finished in a time of 25:15.7.
Norway, represented by Mikko Kokslien and Håvard Klemetsen, had been taken out of the medal hunt due to a piece of misfortune. On the last lap before the finish Kokslien broke a pole and the battle for the podium spot was relinquished to the German second team. After the disqualification of the French, the Norwegians were promoted to 3rd place, finishing in a time of 25:17.0
Behind the front runners a tight battle was waged for places between Austria I, Japan I, and Austria II, whom finished in 4th, 5th, and 6th places respectively. The result was disappointing for both Japan I and Austria II, whom couldn’t capitalize on promising 2nd and 3rd starting positions.
The United States, represented by Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, skied to a 7th place finish, neither gaining or losing a place from their 8th place starting position (Given the disqualification of France). They finished in a time of 25:48.6, 55.6 seconds out of the win.