Walchhofer wins Super-G on favourite piste
VAL GARDENA – Michael Walchhofer beat the weather and the opposition to win his second World Cup race of the season in a men’s Super-G on his favourite piste of Val Gardena on Friday.
The 35-year-old Austrian, winner of the first downhill of the season in Lake Louise on November 27, clocked one minute and 34.35 seconds to score his fourth victory on the Saslong course, on which he won his first Super-G exactly six years ago.
Walchhofer, who also won two downhills in the Italian resort, upstaged unheralded German Stephan Keppler, who earned his first career podium, 0.67 seconds adrift.
Third place went to Canadian Erik Guay, the discipline’s World Cup champion, who finished 0.81 seconds behind.
Walchhofer will be the clear favourite in Saturday’s downhill, weather permitting, as snow started to fall after the first 15 starters, probably influencing the outcome of the race.
The veteran Austrian also took the reins of the overall World Cup standings on 249 points.
Among the favourites, Olympic champion Aksel-Lund Svindal again failed to deliver. The Norwegian was on par with Walchhofer for most of the race before crashing out into the final stretch.