The first downhill training of the new World Cup season got off to a promising start for Austria’s downhill skiers in Lake Louise on Tuesday. Max Franz set the fastest time in 1: 48.93 minutes. The Carinthian prevailed with a lead of 0.05 seconds over his ÖSV team-mate Otmar Striedinger. The American Travis Ganong landed in third place (+0.34).
“I wouldn’t have thought it would go like this,” said Franz. “It’s a good slope.” He managed the upper part well, but due to a mistake further down, he was surprised at his top position. Striedinger would not have expected himself to be so far ahead either: “But that shouldn’t be overestimated. The first training is always an approach. “
Otherwise no Austrian made it into the top ten, with double Olympic champion Matthias Mayer, who started with number one, another Carinthian came in eleventh (1.06). Mayer registered a few more waves than two years ago. “We can expect an interesting race,” said the 31-year-old.
Kriechmayr lagging behind
World champion Vincent Kriechmayr was only in 42nd place, 2.69 seconds behind, but still has two days of training ahead of him. “The track is in reasonable condition, a bit soft due to the snowfall,” said the Upper Austrian. “I feel really good, the material is great. In terms of health, I am also in top shape. “
In changing light conditions, however, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde spoke up on his return after a cruciate ligament rupture in fourth place (0.41), immediately ahead of his compatriot Kjetil Jansrud (0.44). The Swiss Beat Feuz was 20th (1.63). In Lake Louise there are departures on Friday (8:00 p.m. CET) and Saturday (8:15 p.m. CET).
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Alpine skiing: Best time for Franz in the first downhill training