Guay tops last Wengen training run

16 January 2014 14:53
Erik Guay in Wengen
Erik Guay in Wengen -
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WENGEN, Switzerland – A second successful training run took place today on the Lauberhorn and Canadian Erik Guay was the one to set the fastest time. With a time of 2:36:14 the winner of the Val Gardena downhill crossed the finish line 0.13 faster than young Austrian Matthias Mayer. In third place, another guy from the Val Gardena podium, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud ended this last training run 0.31 seconds slower than Guay.

Guay was pleased with his performance and is looking forward to race day.

“I am not they youngest racer anymore and in these Classic races experience often plays an important role, they tend to play better with the older guys,” Guay explained.

“All I can o on Saturday is leave the starting gate with a clear mind, take some chances and aim at the podium,” he continued.

Matthias Mayer might not have Guay’s experience but today he certainly showed he might be one to watch on Saturday.

“I can tell that my shape is improving in this period and I can not complain about the timing – it’s very welcome now that we have the Classic races ahead of us,” Mayer said.

Dominik Paris, who skipped the races in Val Gardena and Bormio after suffering a crash during a training run, made his comeback here in Wengen and showed he was slowly getting back in racing shape. It’s good to see him back! 

Tomorrow is a day off for the downhillers, apart for those who are good at finding her way between tight gates. The super combined is scheduled for Friday and due to the weather it will take place in a somewhat unusual format – the slalom will take place first, at 10.30 while the downhill will follow, starting at 14.00.