COC: Pichlmayer strikes back in Eisenerz
The same athletes, just in a different order were able to climb onto the podium in the town of Eisenerz at the second competition day of the long Continental Cup weekend in Austria. This time, local hero and COC overall leader Marco Pichlmayer claimed the top spot and dethroned yesteday's winner Truls Johansen from Norway who had to be content with a second rank today. Rank three went to Pichlmayer's teammate Sepp Schneider.
Pichlmayer had claimed the top spot already after the ski jumping round with the longest jump of the day, 93.5 metres (121.5 p.). Germany's Wolfgang Bösl accumulated the same point score with a try of 93 metres and so the two started together in the cross-country race. Schneider was following 18 seconds back but decided to wait for strong skier Johansen in the race who had a good jump of 89.5 metres and started from an intermediate sixth position with 40 seconds of time disadvantage on Pichlmayer.
"I started the race in a slower pace and waited for Truls to catch up. I was able to ski with him until the last lap and I am happy I was able to hold onto the third rank", Schneider explained the course of the race which was held in truly wintry conditions with snowfall. Winner Pichlmayer was never in true danger and always able to keep his pursuers, spearheaded by Johansen at bay. In the end, he celebrated a start - finish victory with 16.7 seconds of time advantage over Johansen at the finish line. "I had a good jump and the intermediate sixth rank but Marco Pichlmayer just was a too strong opponent today. I am still very satisfied", the Norwegian runner-up concluded.
One last Individual Gundersen competition is schedule for tomorrow with a new chance to win precious COC points. In the overall, Pichlmayer now leads with 500 points, Druml follows with 379 and Sepp Schneider with 352.