Against Paris, which was able to win the same World Cup descent more often than any other driver, was again no match. As if on rails, he drove towards his 20th World Cup victory in his home race on the selective and exhausting Stelvio, his 16th in a downhill and the sixth in Bormio. With the Super G victory in 2018 there are even seven in Bormio. So far, the joint record holder was the Swiss Didier Cuche with five downhill victories in Kitzbühel.
Before the race he didn’t think much about it, said Paris, who laughed from the podium for the first time this season and straight from the top. “At the start I just thought that the Kriechmayr was fast. I have to go full throttle. I succeeded, “said Paris, who said of his secret of success in Bormio:” I just feel good here – overcoming the throttle is a challenge here. With so many blows, you never know what will happen. That makes it particularly exciting in Bormio. That’s good for me. “
Kriechmayr as a test pilot
World champion Kriechmayr had shown a strong performance with start number one and was at least allowed to hope for the podium. After restrained training times, he looked for and found the direct line and set a time with a visually flawless ride that was only undercut by the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (6th / +1,12) with number seven.
Then things went very fast, suddenly Kriechmayr was only fifth. His compatriot from Upper Austria, Hemetsberger, who was second in the final training session, and the German Dominik Schwaiger (5th / 1st, 10th) pushed him by two more places with high starting numbers.
“I’m really happy about that. To be the fastest in our strong team has always been my dream. I am incredibly satisfied. Wonderful, ”says Hemetsberger, who three years ago in Bormio had torn a cruciate ligament, inner ligament and meniscus in his left knee. The fall is now ticked off. “You always need to be overcome here, I went full attack.”
“It was a fight”
In the end, Kriechmayr was disappointed. “There are always a few things that can be done better,” said the 30-year-old. “It was a fight, the middle part was good, down there would have been more. I should have kneeled down even more. I have to do a lot better in the Super-G if I want to get on the podium, ”said Kriechmayr. On Wednesday and Thursday two Super-Gs are on the program in Bormio (each at 11.30 a.m., live on ORF1).
The third best Austrian was Daniel Danklmaier (car number 30), 1.26 seconds behind, in ninth place. For the Carinthian Matthias Mayer (1.57), who had won the downhill run ahead of Kriechmayr in Bormio last year, and Otmar Striedinger (1.60), it was enough in the fourth downhill of this season and the last of the year to place twelve and 13th Their closer compatriot Max Franz, on the other hand, was eliminated like the Swiss co-favorite Beat Feuz.
Speed double Olympic champion Mayer, who lost the lead in the Downhill World Cup to Paris, ultimately saw the low starting number three as a disadvantage. “At the finish I had hoped that it would be a great drive. It probably was. But then I was brutally ranked back. In retrospect, the starting number wasn’t an advantage, but nobody could have known that beforehand, ”said Mayer.
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Alpine skiing: Paris celebrates record victory in Bormio