From Igls, AUT
Jan. 23, 2021 – While the race in Igls was close, Ludwig Rieder & Patrick Rastner were the class of the field, putting down two clean and consistent runs on their way to a .081 second victory over Latvians Andris & Juris Sics.
Rieder & Rastner’s first heat was the only one of the day under 39.7 seconds to open up a lead over Germany’s Toni Eggert & Sascha Benecken, with Thomas Steu & Lorenz Koller in the hunt in third. On the second run both teams faltered, allowing Sics & Sics to move up from fifth to second with only the Italians to come. Rieder & Rastner were flawless on their second run, and while their second downtime was just slightly bettered by the Latvians, they had enough in the bank to win gold, with Sics & Sics finishing in second and Steu & Koller in third.
Martins Bots & Roberts Plume finished fourth, ahead of Eggert & Benecken in fifth and Emanuel Rieder & Simon Kainzwaldner in sixth.
The win for Rieder & Rastner was their first career World Cup gold medal, and the first for Italy since December 12, 2015 when Christian OBerstolz & Patrick Gruber won gold in the Park City Sprint World Cup race.
In the World Cup title hunt, Eggert & Benecken had a chance to edge closer to Steu & Koller, but couldn’t find time on the Austrian track in their second run and fell from second to fifth That finish leaves Steu & Koller with a 111 point advantage with a Sprint World Cup race in Igls and a World Cup race in St. Moritz to go. Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt are third in the points, but were never a factor in the World Cup race in Igls, finishing ninth.
Tristan Walker & Justin Snith finished 14th, just behind the German team of Robin Geueke & David Gamm. The Canadians were consistent on both runs, with both runs separated by just .09.
The American duo of Chris Mazdzer & Jayson Terdiman came into the second heat in 12th place and through the halfway point of their run it looked as though they’d be contending for a top ten finish. An issue out of Curve 9 led to a crash out of Curve 11, and while they received a finishing time, they fell to 24th place.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Rieder / Rastner||ITA||23||2.022||2.024||39.677||39.759||1:19.436|
|2||Sics / Sics||LAT||22||2.063||2.048||39.800||39.717||1:19.517|
|3||Steu / Koller||AUT||20||2.047||2.040||39.756||39.764||1:19.520|
|4||Bots / Plume||LAT||15||2.050||2.058||39.780||39.772||1:19.552|
|5||Eggert / Benecken||GER||21||2.057||2.063||39.750||39.811||1:19.561|
|6||Rieder / Kainzwaldner||ITA||13||2.044||2.044||39.853||39.818||1:19.671|
|7||Nagler / Malleier||ITA||17||2.032||2.028||39.832||39.883||1:19.715|
|8||Müller / Frauscher||AUT||24||2.106||2.078||39.885||39.874||1:19.759|
|9||Wendl / Arlt||GER||19||2.033||2.042||39.929||39.881||1:19.810|
|10||Gudramovics / Kalnins||LAT||16||2.090||2.092||39.933||39.907||1:19.840|
|11||Denisev / Antonov||RUS||9||2.054||2.069||39.956||39.965||1:19.921|
|12||Kashkin / Korshunov||RUS||18||2.083||2.080||39.997||39.959||1:19.956|
|13||Geueke / Gamm||GER||14||2.052||2.048||40.050||39.999||1:20.049|
|14||Walker / Snith||CAN||12||2.074||2.049||40.004||40.095||1:20.099|
|15||Chmielewski / Kowalewski||POL||10||2.058||2.060||40.162||40.010||1:20.172|
|16||Buchnev / Kilseev||RUS||8||2.073||2.068||40.340||40.207||1:20.547|
|17||Vavercak / Zmij||SVK||7||2.092||2.105||40.301||40.261||1:20.562|
|18||Park / Cho||KOR||6||2.097||2.098||40.253||40.372||1:20.625|
|19||Gitlan / Serban||ROU||5||2.124||2.117||40.275||40.396||1:20.671|
|20||Handaric / Ailenei||ROU||4||2.179||2.148||40.391||40.455||1:20.846|
|21||Stakhiv / Lysetskyi||UKR||3||2.148||2.116||40.524||40.462||1:20.986|
|22||Hoi / Levkovych||UKR||1||2.144||2.132||40.713||40.925||1:21.638|
|23||Turea / Motzcza||ROU||2||2.116||2.110||40.809||41.743||1:22.552|
|24||Mazdzer / Terdiman||USA||11||2.073||2.069||39.962||44.198||1:24.160|