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Riccarda Ruetz, Evelin Lanthaler and Tina Stuffer on the women's podium. © Andreas Ebermann

The South Tyroleans dominate in the Jaufental

The hosts are undisputed at the natural track tobogganing World Cup in Jaufental. Evelin Lanthaler and Patrick Pigneter won the night race on the 675 meter long Tonnerboden track on Saturday evening.

World Cup victory number 48 for Evelin Lanthaler: The world champion showed a flawless performance at the home World Cup and safely achieved her fifth victory of the season. With the best time in both runs and a total time of 1.47,99:2,6 minutes, she was over 17 seconds faster than Riccarda Ruetz (Austria) in second place. Tina Stuffer, just XNUMX years old, was also able to celebrate as she came third to achieve her first podium finish in the World Cup.


“I'm actually not a fan of night races, but I think I managed two very good runs in these difficult conditions. The second run in particular was strong,” explains Lanthaler, who is starting at the European Championships on Sunday as the defending champion. Lanthaler leads the World Cup standings with 500 points ahead of Ruetz (400) and the Austrian Tina Unterberger (277).

Triple victory in the single-seater

In the men's single-seater, veteran Patrick Pigneter showed his class. Due to the mild temperatures, the ice on the natural track was softened and many athletes were unable to adapt optimally to the unfamiliar conditions. The record winner in the World Cup mastered all the hurdles with ease. Pigneter took the lead in the first run with a fantastic time. He managed his lead in the second round in a hard-nosed manner and won his 1.46,25rd World Cup victory in 53:0,51 minutes. Behind them are two other South Tyroleans, Fabian Brunner (+ 1,34 seconds) and Matthias Lambacher (+ XNUMX). For Brunner, second place is the best career result in the World Cup so far, for the doubles specialist Lambacher it is the first podium in a single-seater.

The men's podium with Fabian Brunner, Patrick Pigneter and Matthias Lambacher. © Andreas Ebermann


“I was able to adapt very well to the soft track today; I was extremely fast, especially in the first run. Now I’m looking forward to the European Championships on Sunday,” explains Pigneter. In the overall standings, Pigneter leads with 485 points, ahead of Michael Scheikl from Austria (321) and Daniel Gruber (320).

The results:

Single seater ladies
1. Evelin Lanthaler (ITA), 1.47,99:XNUMX minutes
2. Riccarda Ruetz (AUT), +2,62 seconds
3. Tina Stuffer (ITA), +2,68

Single seater men
1. Patrick Pigneter (ITA), 1.46,25:XNUMX minutes
2. Fabian Brunner (ITA), +0,51 seconds
3. Matthias Lambacher (ITA), +1,34

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