It was a trial of strength for Christof Innerhofer in the second and last official training of the Santa Caterina DH, which is going to take place tomorrow at 11.45am. The customs officier from South Tyrol is today’s fastest with 1’47″41 – 24/100 ahead of the second, the Austrian Hannes Reichelt (the fastest of the first official training) and 50/100 of Frenchman Adrien Theaux. Innerhofer created his advantage on the top part of the track, the most technical one, where the sequence of bends boosted his accuracy and the innate ability to make the most of the elastic response of the skis. This is a perfect result to be confident about the race, which, hopefully, should represent an awakening for him and for the whole Italian team.
“It’s a difficult course and that’s why I like it. There are a few passages that can make the difference. I like it more than Stelvio slope in Bormio”.
The other Azzurri too make us dream, thanks to the chance of trining on the “Deborah Compagnoni” recently, together with the Austrians. Dominik Paris he finished in sixth place (+1″20) and ahead of Peter Fill ( +1″ 26 ), Werner Heel is 10th (+ 1 ” 74), Mattia Casse 16th ( +2 ” 53 ) . The Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud did better than the fisrt training, he got an eighth place (+1 ” 58) , while Aksel Svindal (19th +2 ‘ 65) and the winner of last year , the American Travis Ganong (25th + 3″18) had a few difficulties.
Tomorrow the Azzurri will be on track with nine athletes : Innerhofer, Fill, Paris, Heel, Marsaglia and Casse. After Cazzaniga earned the qualification yesterday , Varettoni and Klotz got a bib for tomorrow today . Tomorrow the Santa Caterina DH will be broadcasted live on Raisport 1 and Eurosport from 11.30am.
Credits img: Ivan Carabini