Jan Schmid and Jørgen Graabak combined to win the team sprint at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme ©Getty Images

Norway’s Jan Schmid and Jørgen Graabak triumphed in the team sprint competition at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Combined World Cup season in Val di Fiemme in Italy.

The duo had triumphed in the team relay event back in 2015 and they combined to good effect again.

They led the field after the ski jumping part of the event on 267.7 points after achieving jumps of 127.5 and 125 metres between them.

The effort gave them a lead of around 30 seconds over their nearest challengers.

Schmid and Graabak were chased during the 7.5 kilometres cross country stage of the competition by two German teams.

Double Olympic champion and yesterday’s winner of the Gundersen, Johannes Rydzek, featured in one of the German teams, alongside Vinzenz Geiger.

They were joined in the chase by their compatriots Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle.

Johannes Rydzek finished in second place with his team-mate Vinzenz Geiger ©Getty Images
Johannes Rydzek finished in second place with his team-mate Vinzenz Geiger ©Getty Images

The two German teams eventually succeeded into closing the gap to the leaders, leaving the race to be decided by a sprint finish.

It was Schmid and Graabak who triumphed in 34min 30.9sec.

They ended 0.5 seconds clear of runners-up Rydzek and Geiger.

The Germans ended in the same time as their compatriots Frenzel and Riessle, but were awarded second place via a photo finish.

The top three teams finished with an advantage of nearly 40 seconds over fourth placed Samuel Costa and Alessandro Pittin of Italy.

Competition is set to continue tomorrow with an individual event.