Loch leads German 1-2-3 at home
Olympic gold medallist Felix Loch grabbed his second luge World Cup victory of the season and led a German 1-2-3 on home ice in Oberhof.
Loch, who denied Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in Vancouver last February, clocked up a combined time of 1:30.883, setting the second fastest time in the field in his first outing and the first in the second to edge out compatriot Andi Langenhan.
The world champion won the first World Cup outing of the season in Igls, Germany and in claiming his second, he denied Zoeggeler his fifth consecutive win of the campaign.
Langenhan produced the fastest time of the day with his second run, 45.523 seconds, but had to settle for second place while David Moller completed the podium and the German clean sweep in third place – much to the delight of the home crowd.
Zoeggeler could only manage fifth place but the Italian hangs on to his overall World Cup lead and has 525 with three races remaining in the season.
Loch (445) has closed the gap to 80 points while Moller, despite failing to register a World Cup victory this season, is third on 394 points.