The fastest qualifier, Raschner, showed a sovereign performance until the very last run, prevailing against Belgian Armand Marchant in the round of 16, against Stefan Hadalin from Slovenia in the quarter-finals and against McGrath in the semi-finals. Hirschbühl, however, convinced in each of his knockout duels against the Slovenian Zan Kranjec, the Canadian Trevor Philp and Kristoffersen with remarkable chases in the re-run. So also in the final on the red course.
“I didn’t let the residue bother me. I’m not checking that right now, that’s unbelievable, ”said Hirschbühl, who made Vorarlberg’s first success since Christian Greber twenty years ago. For him it is only the second top five place in the career in a World Cup competition after fourth place in the Wengen slalom in 2017.
Raschner reached the second top ten position of his career, a year ago he was also in the parallel competition in Lech/Zürs Ninth. The triumph, which was narrowly missed by 7/100 seconds, did not annoy him. “I’m so happy about second place, that’s just great, I have to say. I just tried to get my best skiing and I succeeded. “
After second place for Roland Leitinger in the Sölden giant slalom, the ÖSV men were also on the podium in the second race of the season. “The giant slalom wasn’t our best discipline, now we’re back. This is only parallel, but we go on giant skis, ”said ÖSV sports director Anton Giger on ORF TV. Like the one in Lech/Zürs Sölden winner Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) who did not start the overall World Cup, Austria took first place in the nations ranking ahead of Switzerland.
Adrian Pertl defeated the German Alexander Schmid in the round of 16, but then had to admit defeat to McGrath. After a win against Hadalin and a loss to Philp, he finished sixth. “I would have liked to have gone through, but I’m happy with my performance. A little something was missing that we can go even further. “
The last sixteen was the end of the line for Stefan Brennsteiner (11th), who only had to admit defeat to Kristoffersen by 2/100 seconds. “In the first run I ran away a little with the horses, the second was very good. A bit bitter when you get rid of that in the first place. I almost turned it around, but I drove against a relatively strong opponent, ”said Brennsteiner.
Last year’s winner Alexis Pinturault, fastest of the first qualifying run ahead of Raschner, made a goal mistake against Kristoffersen in the second heat in the morning and was not there in the evening’s final. “With a small mistake you are too far, which is a shame. At the same time there is always something of a surprise, ”said the Frenchman, who lost valuable points in the overall World Cup. There were points for Thomas Dorner (25th) and Patrick Feurstein (29th), Fabio Gstrein (36th) and Michael Matt (failure) went empty-handed. (APA / red.)