Second training day for teams Italy, France, Austria and United States on the Stelvio in Bormio, theatre of the Men’s World Cup DH race on December 28 and of the Alpine Combined on December 29. The “Azzurri” Fill, Innerhofer, Marsaglia and Paris were there while the young ones left on Monday afternoon to go to Reiteralm, Austria, for the European Cup competitions.

The athletes started their training later if compared to yesterday’s time, also in order to study the track with the light at 11.45am, the start time of the race on December 28. This is a profitable job for all to regain confidence after three seasons in Santa Caterina Valfurva, with some key passages of a track which is among the most difficult and complex of the world circuit.

The tests of the day revealed the alternating fastest ones: the Italian Paris, the French Theax and the Austrian Reichelt, always divided by a few hundredths in a sprint of just over a minute (from La Rocca to Ciuk). But in situations like this one the stopwatch counts very little, considering all the experiments, the materials and the race lines. The first credible numbers will be provided by the official trainings, scheduled on December 26 and 27.

In the meanwhile the testing of materials continued for everyone, but above all for Peter Fill. The South Tyrolean athlete is looking for new pairs of skis for the descent, after damaging the fastest pair in Val Gardena last Saturday. However, his ski-man managed to get those skis back on track. Peter worked on those for the super-G too, considering that the ones used up to now haven’t satisfied him so far. Now everyone is going home to rest for at least three days. They will be back to Bormio on Christmas day. Tonight De Aliprandini and Tonetti will arrive in Bormio to train outside the race track to prepare for the Alpine Combined.

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