Innerhofer leads second snowy training in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Weathers keeps interfering with the Downhill training runs in GAP. For the second day in a row, due to fresh snow and fog the start of the training run had to be lowered to the reserve Super G start and start time had once again to be pushed from 11.45 to 13.30 CET.
With a time of 1 minute, 09.97 seconds it was Christof Innerhofer setting the pace in today’s run. The Italian finished his run 0.33 seconds faster than Jan Hudec and 0.36 faster than Max Franz who rounded up the training podium.
Event though the weather forecast didn’t call for it, early in the morning the jury was greeted by over 15 centimeters of snow on the course. In order to allow enough time to clean the course and prepare it in a manner which would offer fair conditions to all 65 athletes on start, already around 8am it had been decided to push the start to 13.30 CET. There had been an initial consideration to aim holding the training from the original start, but the amount of work required on the slope and the fog, which kept rolling in and out of the top sections of the slope made it impossible. Therefore it had been decided to go with the same program and starting point of the first training and a successful shortened second training took place.
The weather forecast for race day is not meant to bring great improvement but the organizers and their crew have already proved that they can do a great job no matter what the sky brings.
Saturday’s Downhill race is scheduled to kick off at 11.45 CET and it will be interesting to see who has enough power and motivation left after the World Championships to step up their game and win on the Kandahar.