From Altenberg, GER
(Dec. 5, 2020) – Austria’s Thomas Steu & Lorenz Koller remained undefeated in FIL World Cup action since their return from Steu’s broken leg, edging out Toni Eggert & Sascha Benecken to win gold in Altenberg.
Both teams put down near identical runs in both heats, as Eggert & Benecken held a .008 advantage over the Austrians going into the second heat. Like the first run, the second run was remarkably close, but this time with Steu & Koller edging out the defending World Champions by .016 on the run to give them a victory by just .008.
The win was the third World Cup win in three attempts to start the 2020/2021 season for Steu & Koller, with two wins in the traditional two-heat races and a win in the Sprint World Cup opener, all on their home track Igls.
Eggert & Benecken won their second medal in three races with silver, while teammates Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt finished third, only .019 behind Steu & Koller.
The Latvian team of Andris & Juris Sics finished fourth, well ahead of Ludwig Rider & Patrick Rastner in fifth. Austrians Yannick Müller & Armin Frauscher rounded out the top six.
The United States, Canada, and China all are sitting out the first portion of the season as a result of travel restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. All should be back on tour after the holiday break.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Steu / Koller||AUT||16||5.763||5.806||41.788||41.824||1:23.612|
|2||Eggert / Benecken||GER||18||5.773||5.762||41.780||41.840||1:23.620|
|3||Wendl / Arlt||GER||22||5.800||5.772||41.828||41.803||1:23.631|
|4||Sics / Sics||LAT||14||5.811||5.818||41.905||41.855||1:23.760|
|5||Rieder / Rastner||ITA||17||5.780||5.750||41.913||42.015||1:23.928|
|6||Müller / Frauscher||AUT||9||5.798||5.816||41.924||42.031||1:23.955|
|7||Denisev / Antonov||RUS||15||5.825||5.823||42.068||41.901||1:23.969|
|8||Gudramovics / Kalnins||LAT||20||5.827||5.821||42.009||41.984||1:23.993|
|9||Orlamünder / Gubitz||GER||6||5.811||5.843||41.970||42.060||1:24.030|
|10||Nagler / Malleier||ITA||21||5.748||5.743||42.003||42.054||1:24.057|
|11||Kashkin / Korshunov||RUS||12||5.848||5.820||41.943||42.123||1:24.066|
|12||Rieder / Kainzwaldner||ITA||19||5.848||5.809||42.112||42.001||1:24.113|
|13||Yuzhakov / Prokhorov||RUS||7||5.872||5.833||42.068||42.053||1:24.121|
|14||Bots / Plume||LAT||8||5.777||5.773||41.942||42.494||1:24.436|
|15||Chmielewski / Kowalewski||POL||11||5.780||5.809||42.173||42.464||1:24.637|
|16||Vavercak / Zmij||SVK||13||5.827||5.824||42.342||42.369||1:24.711|
|17||Stakhiv / Lysetskyi||UKR||10||5.948||5.940||42.600||42.482||1:25.082|
|18||Hoi / Levkovych||UKR||3||5.959||5.965||42.503||42.589||1:25.092|
|19||Park / Cho||KOR||5||5.943||5.970||42.555||42.553||1:25.108|
|20||Gatt / Schöpf||AUT||4||5.855||5.845||42.430||43.352||1:25.782|
|21||Vejdelek / Pekny||CZE||2||5.945||5.957||42.892||43.017||1:25.909|
|22||Siscanu / Oprea||MDA||1||5.596||5.950||43.178||43.348||1:26.526|