Guay aims for second victory in a row

28 December 2013 13:32
Erik Guay leads in Bormio 2nd training
Erik Guay leads in Bormio 2nd training -
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BORMIO, Italy – For the second consecutive day Bormio provided a great training run. As on Friday, today’s downhill training took place from the lowered starting position at “La Rocca”, a decision which allowed Organizers to focus their efforts on getting most the slope in the best shape possible.

Canadian Erik Guay, the winner of the last disputed downhill (Val Gardena) was the man to beat today on the “Stelvio”. His time of 1minute, 52.82 seconds was over a second faster than Christof Innerhofer’s winning time in the first training run. This was a clear indicator of how the slope has improved in the past 24 hours and is getting faster.

“The top part is a little bit easier than in previous years with the fresh snow, but the middle and bottom sections are typical Bormio – rock hard, pretty icy, bumpy and hard on the legs as usual. It still feels better than in the past years to me, some years I was quite intimidated by it while this year I feel ready for it,” Guay said after his run.

One of last year’s winners Hannes Reichelt (he won tied with Dominik Paris), also skied a fast training run and finished 2nd, only 0.21 seconds slower than Guay. In third and fourth places, Aksel Lund Svindal and David Poisson finished respectively 0.31 and 0.32 seconds off Guay’s time.

Reichelt has great memories from Bormio, he celebrated two victories on the Stelvio already and will be looking for a third on Sunday.

“The conditions are getting better, especially the upper part and traverse. I like it here, I like the challenge this slope puts ahead of you. Training was good and I wouldn’t complain about a run like today’s in the race.”

Guay has never made the podium in a World Cup downhill in Bormio, his best finish was fourth in 2011. This year, after finishing sixth in the first training run he successfully executed his plan of stepping it up in the last training. 

“In the first training run I skied well but was missing a bit of intensity. That is what training runs are for. Today the goal was to be a little more active and tomorrow I want to stick to the same plan, I’ll try not to do too much and ski a clean run top to bottom. The top part is a little bit easier than in previous years with the fresh snow, but the middle and bottom sections are typical Bormio – rock hard, pretty icy, bumpy and hard on the legs as usual,” he explained.

It’s race day tomorrow and there are a lot of skiers aiming at wrapping up 2013 with a great result. The last men’s World Cup race of this calendar year starts at 11.45 CET. Don’t miss it!