Guay flies in 2nd training on the Saslong

19 December 2013 13:15
Erik Guay on the Camel Jump in Val Gardena
Erik Guay on the Camel Jump in Val Gardena -
Agence Zoom

 

VAL GARDENA/GROEDEN, Italy – The second day of training in Val Gardena went according to plan. Under a slightly overcast sky, 81 racers tested for the second day in a row the famous Saslong slope and tried to find the fastest way down and figure out the right line for Saturday’s race, the 50th men's World Cup downhill race at the Italian resort!

It became clear very early in his run that Erik Guay is cruising down at a different speed. He crossed the finish line with the best time of the day, 0.22 seconds faster than Svindal who after finishing fifth in last year’s downhill will be looking for his first podium in the discipline on the Saslong.

Guay’s teammate Manuel Osbourne-Paradis and Italian Peter Fill were the only other racer able to ski within a second of Guay, finishing 0.72 and 0.98 seconds off respectively.

Tomorrow it’s finally race day in Val Gardena and all eyes will be on Svindal as he has won the last two editions of the race. Only Austrian Michael Walchhofer has been able to do the same.

In addition, Norway has won 99 men's races in World Cup history tomorrow Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud will be looking for an early Christmas present, the 100th victory for their country!

As every year, Val Gardena will sure offer plenty of excitement so make sure to tune in for the race, it starts at 12.15 CET!