Schmid ends wait for Nordic Combined success in Val di Fiemme
Jan Schmid's six-year wait for a Nordic Combined individual World Cup victory is over after storming to the line in Val di Fiemme.
Nobody has more World Cup podiums than the Norwegian skier's four this season, but the win had thus far eluded him – dating all the way back to 2012
But he put that to bed in some style in Italy, crossing the line in 26:19.9 – eight seconds clear of his closest challengers.
A multiple World Championship medallist, Schmid also extended his lead in the overall standings to 76 points ahead of Johannes Rydzek with a total of 483.
Rydzek had to settle for fourth in Val di Fiemme having been edged to bronze by compatriot Fabian Riessle, while second place went to Austria's Lukas Klepfer in a tight battle behind Schmid.
The victor had earlier jumped 122.5m for 127.0 points, starting the second phase in third place behind Jarl Magnus Riiber and Mario Seidl, who were unable to hang on to the halfway advantage.
"I am very happy," Schmid said. "The jumping was a hard competition but I got the starting position that I needed.
"I thought I might get caught towards the end as they were getting a bit close.
"So I was very relieved when I came through and no-one was behind me. I was pleased to get across the line alone and to keep the yellow bib."