Two perfect downhill trainings were held in Altenmarkt and unfortunately, the race day wasn’t as lucky as the previous two in terms of weather.
In cooperation with the organizing committee, the jury decided to lower the start at the Hot Air Jump due to unstable weather forecast that also forced two race interruptions.
Despite those little changes of plan, the third downhill of the season has its winner and this time has been Corinne Suter who finally claimed her first World Cup victory showing race after race her consistency in every kind of conditions.
The 25-year-old Suter was second and fifth in the two previous downhills this season, both held at Lake Louise, Canada.
Attacking on an overcast day, Suter mastered the Altenmarkt course despite clocking only the seventh-best speed of 125 kph (78 mph) at the fastest check.
It could have been a Swiss Party, but it proved to be an Italian-Swiss show with 2 Swiss and 3 Italian ski racers in the top 5 positions.
Suter’s Swiss teammate Michelle Gisin was third, 0.98 back, two weeks after also placing third in a World Cup slalom, showing once again her great shape in all the disciplines she is competing on.
The Italian team continues in the wake of the podiums with Nicol Delago who slipped into the middle of the Swiss to finish the closest performance to Suter who seemed unbeatable today.
Sofia Goggia was fourth, 1.01 back, starting immediately after the second delay for fog followed by Francesca Marsaglia in fifth.
Suter now leads the season-long downhill standings from Ester Ledecka.
Kranjec claims Adelboden GS and red bib
Zan Kranjec (SLO) is the man of the moment in Giant Slalom. The Slovenian, who had always finished top 4 in Giant Slalom this season, claims in Adelboden (SUI) his second World Cup victory. Kranjec skied a terrific second run, always pushing to the limit and climbed up five positions from the first run.
Another man, who surprised the huge crowd in Adelboden today, is Filip Zubcic (CRO),. The Croatian talent started with bib 20 and thanks to two solid runs, achieved his first World Cup podium finishing second, 0.29s behind the Slovenian.
The third spot of the podium was a place for two. French Muffat-Jeandet and Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen closed their race in tied third position (+0.66s), excluding Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) from the party by only 0.02s.
Worth mentioning is the first run of Italian duo composed of Luca de Aliprandini and Giovanni Borsotti, who were respectively in first and second place after the first run at the “Chuenisbärgli”, but did not manage to keep up with the best ones in the second run.
Thanks to his incredible consistency (once fourth, twice third and first today), Zan Kranjec is now leading the Giant Slalom standings and will start with the red bib in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) next month.
Kristoffersen keeps leading the overall ranking, only 12 points ahead of teammate and speed ace Kilde, who showed again that he can be really fast even in a technical discipline like Giant Slalom.
Tomorrow the second race of the weekend, a slalom this time, is going down in Adelboden before the tour heads to Wengen (SUI).