Steu / Koller race in Igls to an early overall World Cup victory

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Steu / Koller race in Igls to an early overall World Cup victory


        <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p>&nbsp;The&nbsp; Vorarlberg resident Thomas Steu and the Tyrolean Lorenz Koller secured the double-seater overall world cup for artificial track tobogganers early on Sunday in Innsbruck-Igls.  After third place in the main competition the day before, the ÖRV duo was now second in the sprint, just a thousandth of a second behind the Latvians Andris and Juris Sics.  <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p>&nbsp;The&nbsp; decisive factor, however, was that Steu / Koller had left the German sleds competing for the overall standings behind them.        </p><div>
        <p>Steu had suffered a fractured tibia and fibula exactly a year and a day earlier in Sigulda, but with nine podium positions, he and Koller had a brilliant comeback season.  It is the first overall World Cup victory for an Austrian duo since 2011/12, when Andreas and Wolfgang Linger had triumphed.  To top it off, Steu / Koller also won the overall ranking of the Sprint World Cup, which consisted of three races.  <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p>&nbsp;The&nbsp; next item on the program next week is the World Championships in Königssee in Bavaria.</p>            

“We would never have thought that we could do it. Huge!”, Said Steu in a first reaction in the ORF interview. “Thank you ‘to the whole team. I have to let that sink in for now.” Koller was speechless: “After the last season, that’s an even better feeling.” ÖRV head coach Rene Friedl celebrated with: “

 The  race was on point. Greatest respect and congratulations to the team. I would have thought they needed more time to get back in.”

Before that, Madeleine Egle from Tyrol was sixth in the single-seater competition. Her deficit on winner Natalie Geisenberger was 0.501 seconds. Another German (+0.082) and the American Summer Britcher (+0.286) landed on the other podium positions in Julia Taubitz. Hannah Prock (+0.744) and Lisa Schulte (+0.880) finished 17th and 19th and thus did not qualify for the sprint decision.

“A sixth place is not that bad,” said Egle in an interview with ORF. “I’m not entirely satisfied, because there were a few little things. Igls is a track that is not that technically demanding, which I don’t really like.”

In the two-seater sprint, Yannick Müller / Armin Frauscher finished eighth (+0.127), in the single-seater sprint for David Gleirscher it was enough for fourth place (+0.120). © www.de24.news

 The  Russian Semen Pawlitschenko won, but the Sprint World Cup went to the third-placed German overall World Cup winner Felix Loch, tied ahead of the South Tyrolean Kevin Fischnaller. David Gleirscher came in fifth. Taubitz also won the third sprint of the season and thus the special classification. Egle finished fifth (+0.153).

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Steu Koller race Igls early World Cup victory

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