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Lama and Eiter win second stage of Lead World Cup in Dresden


on 20/05/06 David Lama and Angela Eiter from Austria won the second stage of Lead World Cup in Dresden. The final was called off due to storms.

The second leg of the World Cup Lead 2006 held in Dresden last weekend wasn't particularly lucky. Wind, rain, a collapsed isolation tent (fortunately none of the 110 athletes competing were injured), and a final called off just 10 minutes before a massive storm... No, the risk taken by the German organisation to hold the event outdoors certainly didn't pay off. Add to this the fact that no extra day had been scheduled in case of bad weather (and Jupiter, punctual as ever, never forgives such imprudence...) and you'll see what a risk it was.

The final was cancelled and the competition ground to a halt with the results of Saturday's Semifinal. This second round of the Men's Lead Cup was won therefore by Austrian child prodigy David Lama who, at almost 16 years of age and competing in only his second World Cup, claimed his first victory.

In the women's event the "usual" Angela Eiter won her second Lead competition this season. Add to this her outstanding third place in the Bouldering World Cup in Rovereto last week and you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that this athlete has no limits whatsoever!

David Lama won the competition by climbing to within circa two meters of the top of the Semifinal, beating Sylvain Millet from France, Jorg Verhoeven from Holland and Markus Hoppe from Germany. Mickael Fuselier and Fabien Dugit from France qualified for the Final, as did Flavio Crespi from Italy. Illustrious victims in Dresden's semifinal included Spaniards Usobiaga and Puigblanque who, finding it hard to start their 2006 season, finished 12th and 22nd respectively.

After the Semifinal all was set for the final decisive round which as all know never got underway. David Lama not only won the event, he also leapfrogged into provisional first place in the World Cup ranking, 40 points ahead of Flavio Crespi who had qualified eighth in the Final.

A similar story could be seen in the women's event, with Sandrine Levet from France placing second once again. Muriel Sarkany regained her past form and placed third, ahead of Natalija Gros from Slovenia. Emily Harrington placed 5th, Caroline Ciavaldini 6th, Olha Shalagina 7th and Charlotte Durif 8th.

The two young Austrians now lead the provisional 2006 ranking and their hometown Innsbruck can be justly satisfied with this result. The Dresden "missed final" is disappointing, but the road is still long and the season has only just started. Without a doubt there will be plenty more duels and surprises in store somewhere along the line.

The Lead World Cup continues on 29-30 July in Qinghai, China. In the meantime focus shifts east to Ekatarinburg, Russia, which will host the European Championship from 29 June to 3 July.

Results men - 2nd stage Dresden (GER)
1. Lama David AUT
2. Millet Sylvain FRA
3. Verhoeven Jorg NED
4. Mr‡zek Tom‡s CZE
5. Hoppe Markus GER
6. Fuselier Mickael FRA
7. Dugit Fabien FRA
8. Crespi Flavio ITA
9. Preußler Timo GER
10. Anma Sachi JPN
11. Borowka Andre GER
12. Usobiaga Patxi ESP
13. Lachat Cédric SUI
14. Neumärker Felix GER
14. Winkler Daniel SUI
16. Marin Garcia Eduard ESP
17. Mogaki Keita JPN
18. De Girolamo Vincent FRA
19. Becan Klemen SLO
20. Tsuiki Takaaki JPN
21. Stranik Martin CZE
22. Midtboe Magnus NOR
22. Puigblanque Ram—n Juli‡n ESP
22. Zardini Luca ITA
25. Lagni Bernardino ITA
26. Droetto Fabrizio ITA
27. Dugit Stephane FRA
28. Kryukov Valeriy UKR
29. Wszolek Marcin POL
30. Sova Matej SLO
complete results on www.icc-info.org

Results women - 2nd stage Dresden (GER)
1. Eiter Angela AUT
2. Levet Sandrine FRA
3. Sarkany Muriel BEL
4. Gros Natalija SLO
5. Harrington Emily USA
6. Ciavaldini Caroline FRA
7. Shalagina Olha UKR
8. Durif Charlotte FRA
9. Markovic Mina SLO
10. Schmid Christina SUI
11. Kobayashi Yuka JPN
12. Chereshneva Yana RUS
13. Vidmar Maja SLO
14. Rajfova Silva CZE
16. Noguchi Akiyo JPN
17. Franko Lucjia SLO
18. Ostapenko Alena UKR
19. Winter Julia GER
20. Cufar Martina SLO
21. Kryvonis Olena UKR
22. Bacher Barbara AUT
23. Creamer Lucy GBR
24. Lavarda Jenny ITA
25. Raffetseder Gerda AUT
26. Ociepka Kinga POL
27. Minoret Chloé FRA
28. Neumärker Luisa GER
29. Kudrova Nelly CZE
30. Wurm Juliane GER
complete results on www.icc-info.org

Angela Eiter

World Cup Lead 2006

2nd stage

Dresden (GER)
19-20 May

Sylvain Millet

photos Angela Eiter and Sylvain Millet at the Rock Master 2005
(ph Giulio Malfer)

Lead 2006
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