Bormio’s downhill was totally crazy this Saturday – like every year – but in 2012 the first four racers are in 0.02 seconds! For the second time since 1978 in downhill, two skiers share the first place: Hannes Reichelt (AUT) and Dominik Paris (ITA). Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) completes the podium at only 0.01s. Klaus Kroell (AUT) just ends off the podium by 0.02 seconds compare to the leaders. The slope “Stelvio” was a little faster than the trainings and the battle to be on the podium was strong.
Second of the two last trainings, Christof Innerhofer (Rossignol) doesn’t manage to confirm during the race and ends 9th. The Italian, winner in 2008 and 3rd in 2010, was a little disappointed: “I do a big mistake on the flat, it was not the section to do that because I lost a lot of speed. Maybe today I can’t win because the podium was so close. Before this mistake I was skiing well. But after I didn’t take the line that I wanted and I lost again time in the third last gates. When I show how I was skiing during the trainings I could be happy but of sure I’m a little angry because I think it was possible to win. I hadn’t taken the chance.”
After a halftone season’s beginning, Didier Défago (Rossignol) wanted to show best things on this slope where he has win last year. Unfortunately, the Swiss was not perfect to grab the podium: “I did a good start but after I didn’t ski well during two sections and it was too much to be on the top. In the end, I didn’t have the good rhythm. I’m disappointed because I think that I could do better things. Although my season is difficult at the moment, there is some positive stuff to keep. Now, I will prepare myself for Adelboden.”
The performance of the day is for the young French Brice Roger (Rossignol) who finishes 16th for his second participation in Bormio. After his 10th place in Val Gardena, the skier of La Plagne continues his learning in World Cup. “I didn’t change my ski between the first training and the race. My start was not quick but after, in the finish section, I didn’t lost time. I’m happy to be on the 16th. At the moment, I’m in confidence. I have better and better bibs. I hope that I will grab the Top 30 quickly. I will continue to work. My next downhill will be in Wengen, I don’t know this slope, I think that it will be very physical!”
Video Athlete Profile : Brice Roger
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