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Olympic Champion Friedrich second in Winterberg ahead of Johannes Lochner

Winterberg (RWH) Nico Walther (GER) has won the first 4-man Bobsleigh World Cup of the 2018/2019 winter season. In Winterberg (GER), the Olympic silver medallist and his team of Paul Krenz, Alexander Rödiger and Eric Franke relegated teammate and Olympic Champion Francesco Friedrich with Jannis Bäcker, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schüller (GER) into second place, 0.07 seconds back. World Champion Johannes Lochner came third with Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp (GER, 0.22 seconds back).

Maxim Andrianov from Russia and Dominik Dvorak (CZE) celebrated their best ever results in the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg. Andrianov finished fifth with Aleksey Zaytsev, Vasiliy Kondratenko and Ruslan Samitov. Dominik Dvorak/Dominik Suchy/Jan Sindelar/Jakub Nosek came seventh to secure their first top ten finish.

In the overall standings of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019, Nico Walther (GER, 225 points) leads after the first race ahead of Francesco Friedrich (GER, 210) and Johannes Lochner (GER).

Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2018

Nico Walther (GER, Olympic silver medallist 2018, World Championship silver medallist 2015)

“To be honest I’m not too happy with my runs. I made an unnecessary mistake before the Kreisel curve. But ultimately I hope things keep going the same way – because the next race is tomorrow.”

Francesco Friedrich (GER, World Champion 2018, World Champion 2017)

“The first start was a disaster. The second was much better but still not as quick as I’d hoped. I also made a few changes to the team this time too, for example Alexander Schüller isn’t used to all the commotion up front during a World Cup start. I’ll be starting with my Olympic team on Sunday.”

Johannes Lochner (GER, World Champion 2017)

“I’m completely happy with our podium finish. Our first run was really poor because I wasn’t in control of the sled. It’s great here with all the fans, such an amazing atmosphere!”

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