Innerhofer fastest in second training in Santa Caterina
Same, same, but different. The second official Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill training in Santa Caterina took place under similar conditions than yesterday. The course was a little faster, but as tough and hard as the day before, especially because of the flat light that makes it difficult to see all the bumps on the course.
What changed, is that unlike yesterday – when almost half of the athletes didn’t go through all the gates - only few “DSQ” are to be found on today’s result list, and not on the top positions. So the athletes got to test the line with full speed, which was up to 150 km/h!
In these conditions, Christoph Innerhofer was the fastest with a time of 1:47:41. “I like spectacular slopes. They did a great job here in Santa Caterina, especially in the upper part, so the slope provides great show with lots of big turns. The speed checks prove it, we go up to 150 km/h, it’s really crazy”, says Innerfhorer after his run.
Hannes Reichelt from Austria, who won yesterday’s training, was +0.24 behind Innerhofer. Even though he finished the trainings with two podium placement, Reichelt still doesn’t get the perfect feeling on this slope: “It’s a constant fight through the bumps, all these rolls make the slope really hard, especially with this visibility” says the Super-G World Champion.
The podium was rounded up by Frenchman Adrien Théaux, who clocked a time +0.50 slower than leaders’ time with a special tactic: “I tried to be relaxed go into this run, so the upper part was not perfect, but it probably helped to keep strengths for the lower part. The goal is to be fast and strong on race day tomorrow”, commented Théaux. This strategy may pay off tomorrow.
Tuesday 29th December 2015 will be eagerly awaited race day and we will see who masters the tough Deborah Compagnoni track of Santa Caterina the best. Don’t miss the action, starting at 11.45.
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