Rydzek leads German top-4 sweep in Nordic combined World Cup

RAMSAU, Austria (AP) Johannes Rydzek led a German sweep of the top four spots in a Nordic combined World Cup event on Saturday.

Rydzek overtook Fabian Riessle on the finish stretch and beat his teammate by 1.5 seconds as he finished in 22 minutes, 23.6 seconds.

It was Rydzek's third win of the season and ninth overall as the world champion extended his lead in the season standings.

Olympic champion Eric Frenzel trailed by 8.7 in third, and Vinzenz Geiger was 15.0 back in fourth.

Norway's Espen Andersen was the best non-German finisher in fifth.

Frenzel opened the 10-kilometer cross-country race after winning the jumping ahead of Mario Seidl of Austria. Seidl dropped to seventh after posting the 37th time in the cross-country portion.

Another Nordic combined event is scheduled for Sunday.

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