From Deutschnofen, ITA
(Jan. 28, 2018) It had been a perfect season for the Italian duo of Patrick Pigneter & Florian Clara coming into Deutschnofen, and going into the second heat of the doubles event it seemed as though the Italians would cruise yet again.
Pigneter & Clara carried a .64 advantage over Austrians Rupert Brüggler & Tobias Angerer going into the second run. On that second run, the Austrians ran clean, putting themselves in position to take home a silver medal. All Pigneter & Clara needed was an “okay” run.
The Italians seemed on their way to victory, until a mistake late in their run dropped their time to the eighth fastest of the ten-team race. The mistake not only cost them a victory, but a medal as well.
Brüggler & Angerer took gold, edging Russians Pavel Porshnev & Ivan Lazarev by .16 to win. Russians Aleksandr Egorov & Petr Popov rounded out the podium with a bronze, just .04 behind their teammates.
Armin Folie & Simone Gaio finished fourth, with Aleksey Martyanov & Ivan Rodin finishing fifth and Pigneter & Clara rounding out the top six.
The sixth place finish puts a small dent into the World Cup lead held by Pigneter & Clara. The Italians simply need to finish the season finale to win the overall title.
Behind them, however, there’s quite the points battle for the top three. Brüggler & Angerer are tied for second, with Porshnev & Lazarev only 10 points out in fourth.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Brüggler / Angerer||AUT||8||59.09||58.91||1:58.00|
|2||Porshnev / Lazarev||RUS||9||59.38||48.78||1:58.16|
|3||Egorov / Popov||RUS||10||59.18||59.02||1:58.20|
|4||Folie / Gaio||ITA||6||1:00.08||59.78||1:59.86|
|5||Martyanov / Rodin||RUS||7||1:00.00||1:00.19||2:00.19|
|6||Pigneter / Clara||ITA||11||58.45||1:02.39||2:00.84|
|7||Jedrzejko / Budny||POL||5||1:02.21||1:01.67||2:03.88|
|8||Demchuk / Lenko||UKR||4||1:02.57||1:01.58||2:04.15|
|9||Guzeloglu / Ercoskun||TUR||1||1:05.09||1:03.60||2:08.69|
|10||Unwin / Evans||GBR||2||1:27.33||1:26.15||2:53.48|