Wendl, Arlt win 2nd luge World Cup race of season
WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — World champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt claimed their second luge World Cup victory of the season on Saturday.
The Germans clocked the fastest times in both runs on the Hochsauerland course to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 27.491 seconds for their 19th career victory.
Italians Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber were second in 1:28.040, while Austrians Peter Penz and Georg Fischler tied for third place with Italians Ludwig Rieder and Patrick Rastner in 1:28.097.
Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany, who won last weekend’s race at Igls, Austria, crashed in the second run but were unhurt.
Last year’s winners, Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of Austria, skipped the event.
Later Saturday, Chris Eissler of Germany won the men’s singles race on his World Cup debut in difficult conditions.
Heavy snowfall forced the cancellation of the first run and the 20-year-old Eissler claimed victory by clocking 52.938 seconds in the second.
Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler was just behind in 52.982, with Germany’s David Moeller third in 52.994. Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany could only finish fourth.
The women’s race was schedule for Sunday.