From St. Sebastian, AUT
(Jan. 21, 2018) The doubles team of Patrick Pigneter & Florian Clara stayed perfect on the season, winning by .57 in St. Sebastian.
Pigneter & Clara carried a .75 of a second advantage over Russians Aleksandr Egorov & Petr Popov into the second heat. Egorov & Popov put the pressure on the Italians with the fastest run of the second heat. Pigneter & Clara responded, finishing .18 behind the Russians in the heat to take their fourth gold medal in as many events this season. Egorov & Popov finished second, .57 back, while Austrians Rupert Brüggler & Tobias Angerer finished third, 2.7 seconds back.
Pavel Porshnev & Ivan Lazarev, Aleksey Martyanov & Ivan Rodin, and Adam Jedrzejko & Patrick Budney rounded out the top six.
Pigneter & Clara’s win gives them a near insurmountable lead going into the final two races of the season. While anything short of a win in Deutschnofen won’t clinch the season for the Italians, a pair of sixth place finishes in the final two events will be enough to win the World Cup title.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Pigneter / Clara||ITA||13||1:14.60||1:15.08||2:29.68|
|2||Egorov / Popov||RUS||12||1:15.35||1:14.90||2:30.25|
|3||Brüggler / Angerer||AUT||10||1:15.51||1:16.87||2:32.38|
|4||Porshnev / Lazarev||RUS||11||1:16.22||1:16.21||2:32.43|
|5||Martyanov / Rodin||RUS||9||1:16.14||1:16.50||2:32.64|
|6||Jedrzejko / Budny||POL||7||1:21.41||1:20.41||2:41.82|
|7||Limmer / Dietz||GER||3||1:21.80||1:20.14||2:41.94|
|8||Ercoskun / Ozcan||TUR||6||1:25.72||1:23.99||2:49.71|
|9||Demchuk / Lenko||UKR||2||1:28.39||1:22.55||2:50.94|