From Deutschnofen, ITA
(Jan. 28, 2018) Greta Pinggera won her second consecutive Deutschnofen-hosted World Cup event, and in doing so closed the gap between herself and Evelin Lanthaler in the World Cup standings.
Pinggera was the quickest in both heats to beat teammate Lanthaler and move within 15 points the World Cup lead with one race to go. The two women tied last year in the overall standings, with Pinggera taking the World Cup title using the final tiebreaker, which was the top finisher in the final event of the year.
To put herself in position to stay ahead of Pinggera, Lanthaler had to move up from third to second, bypassing Russian Ekaterina Lavrentyeva in the process.
If Pingerra wins in the season finale, she’ll once again win the World Cup title in similar fashion: A tie in points with Lanthaler will go to the tiebreaker where both women will be even to all but the final tiebreaker.
Lavrentyeva finished third, ahead of Alexandra Pfattner, Tina Unterberger, and Daria Maleeva, who rounded out the top six.
With her bronze medal, Lavrentyeva moved within three points of Unterberger for third in the World Cup standings.
The FIL Natural Track World Cup moves to Obdach-Winterleiten February 9-11 for the non-points European Championships before finishing the season in Umhausen.
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