Vincent Kriechmayr travels:
Vincent Kriechmayr travels to the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo as the top favorite in the Super-G. The Upper Austrian won in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday and further expanded his lead in the discipline ranking. Second was Olympic champion Matthias Mayer (+0.17 seconds), third was Swiss Marco Odermatt (+0.49). Max Franz ended up in sixth place (+0.70) and could have grabbed the Super G World Cup ticket after the downhill ticket.
For the 29-year-old Kriechmayr, it was the second victory in a row in this discipline after the one in Kitzbühel as well as his eighth World Cup success, the sixth in the Super-G. Mayer came on the podium in the sixth speed race in a row. He continues to make up ground in the overall World Cup, is already fourth behind Alexis Pinturault (FRA / 924), who skipped the race in Garmisch in favor of World Cup preparation, Odermatt (699) and his compatriot from Carinthia Marco Schwarz (666) (604).
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Kriechmayr already knew after the downswing that it would be a top position. “Before me there were top-class players at the start. I knew that if I was in the lead with number five, it was definitely a good performance. I feel very good in the Super-G,” he said on ORF TV. But he won’t be the only favorite at the World Cup. “Today wasn’t such a clear race either, Mothl was right behind me. We both feel very good at the moment.”
Regarding the possible small crystal ball, Kriechmayr said: “In the last few years I have always set myself the goal and just failed. I want to win races, attack is the best defense.” He’s 101 points ahead of Mayer in the season finale in Kvitfjell and Lenzerheide.
Mayer currently has one run in both speed disciplines: “I have a good feeling on the ski, can attack and still ski with ease. I clearly lost it in the target curve today. Vinc drove great, congratulations.” Franz was very satisfied that he had brought down two good results, in the downhill he finished fourth, it was his best result of the season just before the season highlight. “Maybe it took the pressure, I don’t know. I finally made two trips down without a big buck. That feels good.”
The World Cup Super G is already on the program on Tuesday. The ÖSV quartet will form Kriechmayr, Mayer, and probably two from the trio Franz, Christian Walder, and Stefan Babinsky. The latter two clearly missed the top 15 on Saturday. Hannes Reichelt will definitely not be in Cortina, who was 17th after 45 runners, just behind Daniel Danklmaier. “That was definitely it with the World Cup. I’ve always said that I only want to go to the World Cup if I’m competitive. I’ll decide how things will go on after the season,” said 40-year-old Reichelt.
The Super-G on the Kandahar was uncharted territory for most of the alpine men, because Garmisch normally hosts downhill and giant slalom runs. Due to the corona, the speed and technology cables will be largely separated this winter.