COC: Greiderer takes win in Ruka and overall lead
The Continental Cup weekend in Ruka ended on a perfect note for Austria’s Lukas Greiderer. With the win on the second day, he took over the lead in the overall standings as well as beating Norwegians Gudmund Storlien and Sindre Ure Soetvik by 20.5 and 22.3 seconds.
As difficult wind conditions made jumping impossible again, yesterday’s PCR had to be used which meant that Fabian Steindl from Austria was the first man out on the track after a 135 metre jump the day before. He had a 14-second head start on local hero Eero Hirvonen who landed at 133 metrs. With 130 metres and 126.5 points, it meant a third starting position for yesterday’s podium athlete Gudmund Storlien at 40 seconds behind Steindl, starting together with teammate Sindre Ure Soetvik (+0:44) and later winner Lukas Greiderer (+0:47).
In the race, the two weaker skiers Steindl and Hirvonen could not hold their own agaist the faster group coming from behind and in the end, it was Lukas Greiderer who proved to be the strongest man on skis. He charged to the victory while the Norwegian duo of Storlien and Soetvik worked together to keep Steindl and also the fast-approaching Mario Seidl of their backs. While only Matti Herola of the Finnish team managed to enter the Top Ten on rank ten, the other places were split between the Austrian and Norwegian teams with Steindl, Seild and Lemmerer on four, five and six, Ole Martin Storlien on seven and Franz-Josef Rehrl and Tomaz Druml on ranks eight and nine.
With his victory, Greiderer now holds 528 points in the overall COC ranking and will take the green bib to the last tour stop in Chaikovskiy, Russia on the 6-8th of March as the overall leader Truls Johansen only ranked 13th today. With 460 points, he fell back to the overall third rank with teammate Gudmund Storlien taking the second position with 462 points.