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Race cancellation helps Marco Koehler’s World Cup start

A sensational cancellation of the race caused a stir in the European Cup. In Saalbach (Austria), two downhill tracks for men are scheduled for the beginning of March. However, this cannot be implemented.

According to “”, drivers and supervisors in the small community near Salzburg do not have enough accommodation. An alternative place could not be found either. The last European Winter Cup relegation will take place in Norway in mid-March.

The beneficiary of these exceptional cancellations is a Swiss citizen. Marco Koehler (25) won the European Cup downhill classification prematurely.

Meringer, who celebrated his World Cup debut in Kitzbühel in January, is 112 points ahead of compatriot Franjo von Almen. With three races left, everything was going to be open. Due to the two cancellations, there is only a maximum of 100 points available right now.

For Kohler, this is especially important given the upcoming winter. Because: The rule states that the winners of the European Cup are entitled to a fixed starting place for the World Cup in the respective discipline of the following season.

Bitter is the odd elimination of those drivers who could have rivaled Koehler’s overall win. In addition to his teammate von Almen, this also includes several Austrians.

For example, Stefan Reiser is currently “only” 122 points behind Marco Koehler in third place. In theory, four other ÖSV athletes had a chance of finishing first.

Our neighbors are similarly disappointed. “ÖSV-Juwelen Title Chance Taken,” reads the headline in Krone’s newspaper on Tuesday.