Alpen Cup victories for Orter and Steindl in Winterberg
The first weekend of the Alpen Cup season 2013/14 is history and it has seen two Austrian victories: Philip Orter and Fabian Steindl won in the town of Winterberg in the Hochsauerland district of Germany.
On Saturday, Orter crossed the finish line 3,3 second ahead of Germany's Tom Lubitz and teammate Fabian Steindl followed 6,6 seconds after Orter. Two more Austrians, Martin Fritz and Marco Beikircher on ranks four and nine competed a very good team result for the Austrian squad.
In the ski jumping part, local hero Mirko Leber had the best result with a jump of 86 metres (122,5 p.) on Winterberg's HS 87 hill. He went out on the cross-country track through the town center with its many spectators with a time advantage of 6 second on teammate Tom Lubitz who jumped 84,5 metres (121 p.) Christian Deuschl ranked third at the intermediate point with 12 second of time disadvantage for the cross-country race.
Winner Orter set the best cross-country time with 20:43.7 and improved from a 14th rank after ski jumping. The second fastest time went to Frenchman Hugo Buffard who ascended from an intermediate 22nd to a final fifth rank. Sommer Grand Prix starter Jan Kirchhofer from Switzerland was only slightly slower and improved his joint 22nd rank with Buffard to a final sixth rank.
Ski Jumping results Saturday
Final results Saturday
On Sunday, the weather did not allow for the ski jumping part to take place fully and so Friday's PCR had to be used. Therefore, Fabian Steindl started into the 5 kilometres of roller-skiing 14 seconds ahead of fellow Austrians Philipp Kreuzer and Christian Deuschl.
In the race, the 24th best time was enough for Steindl to save his advantage into the finish before Germany's Tom Lubitz stormed to another second place 3,7 seconds after Steindl. Philipp Kreuzer finished third. Once again, Philip Orter was the fastest man on the track with a time of 10:03.6 and improved a bad jump and intermediate 40th rank to a final 15th position.
Ski Jumping results Sunday
Final results Sunday
In total, 63 athletes from six nations were starting in Winterberg. The yellow BIB of the Alpencup leader went to Fabian Steindl from Austria who claimed a third and a first rank and accumulated 160 points ex aequo to Germany's Tom Lubitz who can present two second ranks. Philip Orter follows next on rank three with 116 points.
The next Alpencup competitions will take place in Oberwiesenthal at the end of September.