Markus Eisenbichler is fourth to save the German ski jumpers’ record at the home game in Titisee-Neustadt. Touring champion Kamil Stoch draws level with Adam Malysz with his 39th win.
Markus Eisenbichler showed both fists after his strong fourth place, Karl Geiger only shook his head: Tired German ski jumpers had no chance against Poland’s dominator Kamil Stoch just three days after the end of the Four Hills Tournament at the Black Forest home game in Titisee-Neustadt. While a combative Eisenbichler saved the DSV-Adler record, Geiger only ended up in 25th place.
“It’s still a bit of a cramp, but in the second run I got back into the flight. That was a good feeling,” said Eisenbichler ZDF. The tour was disappointing for the two-time winner of the season, at the end in Bischofshofen he even missed the second round. On the Hochfirstschanze Eisenbichler showed increasing form again.
With 139.5 m in the second round, “Eisei” improved from sixth place, but was ultimately a good meter behind the podium with 268.7 points. The 33-year-old tour winner Stoch secured his 39th World Cup victory with a dream flight of 144.0 m in the final and 281.6 points, which made him level with his compatriot Adam Malysz in third place on the “all time” best list.
Norway’s World Cup leader Halvor Egner Granerud (277.6) finished second and defended the lead in the “Titisee-Neustadt 5” overall ranking, the leader of which collected 25,000 euros after the second individual competition on Sunday (4.30pm). Stoch’s compatriot Piotr Zyla (270.8) came in third, while Dawid Kubacki, also from Poland, who was in the lead after the first round, slipped to seventh in the final.
Geiger showed two mixed jumps on 129.5 and 121.5 m (224.2 points), so he was far behind and struggled with the hill. “It’s brutally difficult and my Achilles heel, I always have to nibble on it,” said Geiger, who had flown in second place in the overall tournament three days earlier in Bischofshofen: “The hill here is exactly the opposite of Bischofshofen – but that’s the challenge. ”
National coach Stefan Horngacher was partially satisfied. “We didn’t feel a home advantage today, the wind conditions were difficult,” said the Austrian, who came from the Black Forest by choice: “Markus’s jumps were good, Karl’s second actually too, but the conditions didn’t give him a chance.”
The second best German was Martin Hamann, who came in 14th. Pius Paschke improved from 30th place to 17th with a strong second jump. Ex-world champion Severin Freund, 2015 World Cup winner in Titisee-Neustadt, came in 23rd. Constantin Schmid, who was eighth on Hochfirstschanze 2017 as an 18-year-old jumped into the top 10 for the first time, had to settle for 26th place.
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