The Austrian Daniel Hemetsberger (+0.46) came fourth in the race on the shortened route, Max Franz fifth (+0.66), Matthias Mayer sixth (+0.78) and Vincent Kriechmayr twelve (+1 ,26). Hemetsberger equaled his best downhill result so far, which he had achieved in Bormio in December. He will probably have bought a ticket for the Olympic Speed Team with that. “I have been quite well. For the first race down there I rode it exactly how I wanted to. When I saw that I was only 16 hundredths behind Feuz, I thought that could be a good result.” It was “superb” that he could ride with a Mayer. When he thinks about Saturday’s race over the full distance, he “gets a little black out” because it’s not so easy with the breathing rhythm. “It’s brutal count with the puffing. But I’ll throw everything in.”
Franz did not get through completely without mistakes and was accordingly annoyed. “I took too little out of the S and then couldn’t get the ski to pull. It screwed me up. After that, everything went well for me. It works, I pull the skis straight away, so skiing is fun. I’m fast, it’s casual. But today I made two wrong decisions while driving, which make a difference. But I’m happy about fifth place.”
Mayer also knew where he lost the time. “In Ziel-S, I made a mistake and got another hit, that wasn’t ideal. It was okay at the top, it wasn’t the way Kilde drove, that was really perfect, but I’m sure I can still find two tenths at the top,” said the Carinthian. He will build on the ride for the classic downhill on Saturday.