Felix Loch brings the eighth win in a row (archive image)
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Eight World Cups, eight wins for Felix Loch: The German is going unbeaten in his home World Cup and is the overall winner of the Luge World Cup for the first time in three years.
The record world champion also won the eighth race of the season in Innsbruck-Igls on Saturday, so the crystal ball can no longer be taken from him with two runs before the end.
The next weekend is the first of the world championships at Königssee.
On Saturday in Igls, Loch relegated ex-world champion Semen Pavlitschenko to second place by six thousandths of a second.
After the first run the Russian was still ahead with 61 thousandths, then Loch set a track record to follow.
Third was Johannes Ludwig, who was the only one who had theoretical chances to catch a hole in the overall standings.
For the seventh time in total, the three-time Olympic champion is now the best toboggan runner of the World Cup winter, but his series successes are a while back: in the past four years he has only won the crystal ball once.
Since the end of November, however, he has been in impressive shape again: eight victories in eight World Cups are a record that the men have never come close to, and Loch suffered the only defeat of the winter shortly before Christmas in the Winterberg sprint.
The competition is held in just one run on a shortened route.
The successful German two-seater suffered a heavy defeat at the World Cup dress rehearsal.
The world champions Toni Eggert / Sascha Benecken did not get past fifth, a tenth of a second separated them from the winners Ludwig Rieder / Patrick Rastner from Italy.
The Latvian brothers Juri and Andris Sics took second place ahead of Thomas Steu / Lorenz Koller.
The Austrians are about to win the overall World Cup.
The race was completely disappointing for Olympic champions Tobias Wendl / Tobias Arlt, who only finished ninth.
One week before the World Cup, the balance for the doubles that have been so dominant in recent years is mixed: Only four of the ten races so far went to one of the German duos, the result in Igls was now the weakest of the winter so far.
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