The Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Stelvio delivered the same winner as in its last edition, with local hero Dominik Paris taking the win ahead of teammate Christof Innerhofer and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz.
It was a fight from top to bottom, on a course that many described as the “toughest they have ever raced on.” But there are some athletes that are not impressed by the course conditions and know how to keep the line over the bumps and icy sections.
Dominik Paris loves that kind of conditions. From the first day on, he had a smile on his face and enjoyed trying out different lines on the training runs. A flawless run where he was able to keep the line and carry on the speed all the way to the finish line, brought him his third victory on the Stelvio, the first one this season. He equaled the record of three wins in Bormio set by Michael Walchhofer and Hermann Maier.
Italy could not only celebrate a home win today, but it was a double win thanks to Christof Innerhofer’s performance. He’s also one of those athletes who like when the conditions are tough and technical skills play an important role, and today he was able to ski to his third second place of the season, +0.36 off Paris’ pace.
Despite coming into today’s race with the red bib, Beat Feuz was not a top favorite for today’s race in Bormio. He raced on the Stelvio only twice, ending in the nets in his first participation and wasn’t feeling too well in both training runs (10th and 11th). But it all came together as he switched to race mode. He said he was happy to cross the finish line, as it was one of the hardest race he’s ever been in, and then very satisfied to score another podium and to keep the red bib.
Tomorrow, a super-g will take place on the Stelvio, starting at 11:45 and concluding the 2018 races in Bormio.
Results are available here: Bormio DH
Quotes from the Top 3 are available here: Soundcloud