Vinzenz Geiger triumphed at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Klingenthal ©Getty Images

Vinzenz Geiger secured his second consecutive International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Combined World Cup win with victory in Klingenthal.

Austria's Lukas Greiderer had topped the standings in the ski jump with 142.2 points, giving him a 23-second advantage over fifth-placed Geiger in the 10 kilometres cross-country section.

Greiderer defended his lead for the opening 5km, but was eventually caught by Japan's Akito Watabe and Geiger. 

Geiger was visibly the strongest skier of the three and soon took the lead, holding off his opponents to finish in 23min 28.0sec.

Japan's Akito Watabe finished second in Klingenthal ©Getty Images
Japan's Akito Watabe finished second in Klingenthal ©Getty Images

Watabe clinched second in 23:32.1, with Greiderer third in 23:32.6. 

The result helped Geiger close the gap on Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber on the overall World Cup standings. 

Riiber, who decided to skip this weekend's event to focus on preparations for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships later this month, still leads on 940 points.

Geiger has edged closer on 754, while Watabe is third on 648.

Nordic combined athletes will next compete at the the World Championships in Oberstdorf, scheduled for February 22 to March 7.