Unpleasant news for the ÖSV: Vincent Kriechmayr tested positive for the corona virus and therefore did not travel for the time being. The world champion still hopes that he can handle a negative test in time. When scanning the Lauberhorn route, Matthias Mayer was fourth behind the Swiss Stefan Rogentin (+0.07) and Beat Feuz (+0.14)
Stefan Babinsky landed in 15th place (+2.23). The other ÖSV runners tore up larger residues. Christian Walder landed in 27th place with +3.18. In his first time over the full distance, Daniel Hemetsberger (+3.42) was 32nd Otmar Striedinger (40 ../+ 3.92), Daniel Danklmaier (46./+4.75), Raphael Haaser (51./+ 5.34) on his return after a corona infection and Stefan Rieser (52./+5.84) were also for the ÖSV in the first Lauberhorn assignment during this week.
The second training run is scheduled for Wednesday (12.30 p.m.). A Super-G will take place on Thursday in the Bernese Oberland, and two downhill runs and a slalom will take place on Friday. “Wengen is a very strenuous descent from above. The program is also relatively dense. Tomorrow’s shortened workout, the Super-G can get nasty too, depending on how you feel about it. Then two more races – it’s important to manage your strength well, ”said Franz.
Striedinger, in turn, spoke of a “sightseeing trip”. “It wasn’t perfect off the line, I was there and out there,” explained the third Carinthian in the group. “In the upper part I already tried to accelerate, but I didn’t quite succeed. Tomorrow we’ll try to take out a few extra passages so that we’ll be ready on Saturday. “
Hemetsberger only knew the shortened European Cup route in Wengen before. “The goal was always shortly after the train underpass. Today I was allowed to drive – or had to – just under a minute longer. It was extremely exhausting, ”revealed the 30-year-old. “Otherwise it was pretty good. In the weather it was a dream. ” The Upper Austrian had finished fourth in Bormio shortly before the turn of the year. “Of course it would be extremely awesome if that happened again.”
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+1.43) finished in tenth place immediately ahead of Dominik Paris, the leader in the Downhill World Cup. “For me it is nice that we can drive in Wengen again. It’s going to be an exciting weekend, ”said the Norwegian. In the previous year, the Lauberhorn races were relocated from the Bernese Oberland to Austria because of the increased number of corona infections, where a slalom (with Feller victory) and a downhill in Kitzbühel were then held in Flachau.