From Deutschnofen, ITA
For the first time in a long time, the overall World Cup points battle is, in fact, a battle.
Pavel Porshnev & Ivan Lazarev came into their second run a half second ahead of Italians Patrick Pigneter & Florian Clara. On their second run, Pigneter & Clara were the fastest of the heat, but not fast enough to take the win away from the Russians.
With their win, Porshnev & Lazarev are still in second place overall leaving Deutschnofen, but only by five points with just Umhausen to come.
For Pigneter & Clara, the silver medal is their second of the season, combined with two wins and a bronze medal. But a sixth place in Moscow, coupled with the worst season for the Italians in years, leaves the door open for the Russians.
Christian & Andreas Schopf finished third, over a second behind the leaders to take bronze, while the teams of Brueggler & Angerer, Regensburger & Holzknecht, and Martyanov & Rodin rounded out the top six.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Porshnev / Lazarev||RUS||14||57.51||57.69||1:55.20|
|2||Pigneter / Clara||ITA||15||58.02||57.43||1:55.45|
|3||Schopf / Schopf||AUT||12||58.11||58.33||1:56.44|
|4||Brueggler / Angerer||AUT||11||58.31||58.41||1:56.72|
|5||Regensburger / Holzknecht||AUT||10||58.41||58.83||1:57.24|
|6||Martyanov / Rodin||RUS||9||58.77||58.74||1:57.51|
|7||Egorov / Popov||RUS||13||58.61||59.78||1:58.39|
|8||Demchuk / Lenko||UKR||6||62.19||62.59||2:04.76|
|9||Gaio / Debertolis||ITA||3||62.09||62.75||2:04.84|
|10||Dragicevic / Dragicevic||SLO||8||63.51||61.93||2:05.44|
|11||Limmer / Dietz||GER||2||63.87||64.39||2:08.26|
|12||Sitkowski / Budney||POL||1||68.38||69.27||2:17.65|