Alpencup: Double victory for Laurent Muhlethaler
The Alpencup weekend certainly went completely according to plan for Team France’s Laurent Muhlethaler. With the victory in Saturday’s 10 kilometre Individual Gundersen as well as in the 5-kilometre version on Sunday, he clearly rules the competition series after the two summer events in Winterberg and Hinterzarten and leads the overall standings with 290 points. Philipp Mauersberger (GER) and Slovenia’s Vid Vrhovnik follow on ranks two and three with 249 and 221 points.
Saturday’s jumping event on Hinterzarten’s HS 108-hill was won by Slovenian Jaka Matko. The talented jumper landed at 109 metres and headed the results table with 141 points which translated into a head start of 8 seconds on Muhlethaler who already set himself up in a promising starting position for the race with his 107.5 metres. The second Slovene, Vid Vrhovnik, followed just four seconds later, having shown a jump of 106.5 metres.
In the race, however, Matko was no match for Muhlethaler and Vrhovnik and also had to let Germany’s Philipp Mauersberger and six other athletes pass. With the 41th cross-country time, he ended up on the final tenth rank. It was Muhlethaler and Vrhovnik who fought for the victory but ultimately, the Frenchman proved to be the stronger athlete, finishing 5.1 seconds ahead of Vrovnik who made the step up onto the podium after Top Ten results in Winterberg. Philipp Mauersberger finished third, 45.3 seconds behind Muhlethaler.
Ski Jumping Results
As the wind was not with the jumpers on Sunday morning, Friday’s PCR had to be used for the 5-km Individual Gundersen event, putting Germany’s Simon Hüttel in the pole position for the roller-ski race. 107 metres and 137.5 points meant a time advantage of eight seconds and again it was Laurent Muhlethaler who held the second place and all cards for the ensuing cross-country race.
In contrast to Saturday’s race, the leading athlete Simon Hüttel was not be be shaken so easily. In the end, it was 9.6 seconds that separated Hüttel from winner Muhlethaler. Vid Vrhovnik managed to claim the second podium result on the second day with a courageous catch-up race from rank seven. He finished 36 seconds behind Muhlethaler.