The classical week-end in Bavaria, that’s concluding an intense racing month, is down on his luck with the weather. Also today, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen men’s giant slalom had to be cancelled due to heavy overnight snowfall, that’s forecasted to continue during the day.
Already yesterday, the Kandahar downhill was cancelled due to wet snowfall and continuous rain, that softened the conditions and didn’t allow a safe and fair race. The scenario was similar today. As forecasted, snowfall started around midnight, and the organising committee started to work on the hill at 03:30 with 14 snowcats. But the amount of snow that covered the 1 kilometer long race track was too big. At the top, it was approximately 30 centimeters of fresh snow and continuous heavy snowfall. It was obvious that despite huge efforts and a very motivated race crew, it was impossible to hold a World Cup race today.
Therefore, the jury and the organising committee had to take the decision to cancel today’s giant slalom.
Information about a possible replacement site will follow as soon as available.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen week-end was the last one before the World Championships in Åre (Sweden). The men’s Tour is now moving North to start the fight for the medals in the next two weeks.