Christof Innerhofer was the fastest in today’s DH training in Santa Caterina Valfurva, the only one before the official DH race on Wednesday December 28 at 11.45 am. The Azzurro is the fastest with more than a second from the Austrians Mayer and Reichelt.
“Everyone knows I like this track – said the Azzurro – and I know that this race can be even better. On the top part of the course I made a few mistakes I will try to avoid during the race. But I am confident. ”
Mattia Casse did well too with his eighth time. Fill and Paris are far behind. The Austrian Baumann fell and in the afternoon medical checks will be made. The Norwegian Axel Svindal didn’t take part to the training and therefore will not race on Thursday. His knee is sore after the Val Gardena races.
The start of this training has been lowered to Crap del Ricc, the jump the athletes would have faced a few seconds after the start. So, as regulation says, the starting point of the race on December 28 will be this one.
The Men’s World Cup chief race director Markus Waldner explains it: “It is a very challenging jumping and with just one training available we consider this passage as a risky one, especially for younger athletes. But the DH will be as spectacular as usual, considering the many difficulties of the Deborah Compagnoni course”.
The DH will lose only 4 seconds (compared to last year’s winner timing, the French Theaux) and 60 meters in altitude towards the original 1005. Tomorrow it’s super-G time. This is the programme of the Men’s World Cup in Santa Caterina:
December 27 – Super G (11 am)
December 28 – DH (11:45 am)
December 29 – Alpine combined (super-G 10:30 am; slalom 2 pm)