The Austrian Adrian Pertl is surprisingly ahead at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezo after the first round of the final men’s slalom. The Carinthian leads 0.14 seconds ahead of South Tyrolean Alex Vinatzer, who also unexpectedly finished second with start number 17. Third is the Norwegian Sebastian Voss-Solevaag (+0.16) ahead of Kristoffer Jakobsen (SWE). Marco Schwarz is eighth and second best Austrian, 0.57 seconds behind.
Vice world champion Michael Matt (+0.95) was almost a second behind after 50 of 100 runners in 13th place. Manuel Feller (+1.78) had the Schneid bought off early after a wrong material decision due to a driving mistake and did not make it into the top 15. This would have been extremely important because the FIS was concerned about a slope that might deteriorate under the midday sun briefly overturned the 30 start rule. In the second run (1.30 p.m.) the top 15 will be crashed.
Black eighth, Feller way back – very open, last World Championship race
In the sunshine, Schwarz dosed his run better than Feller, but in an unusual way left a few tenths in the finish. World Cup debutant Pertl, on the other hand, started furiously on his third Cortina appearance with starting number eight and executed the run at the best time. Like Katharina Liensberger the day before, Pertl now has to take the pressure of the half-time leader with him. As such, the 23-year-old from Carinthia, who had been preferred to Fabian Gstrein in the World Cup team, is now “15th” because of the rule change. in the medal battle of the last World Championship race.
The “unknown” Brit Laurie Tayler, who with starting number 41, retired shortly after his interim best time, almost shot the bird.
The run was rhythmic and not that difficult, it was easy to drive, ”said the Völkl driver. “I’ve been a little nervous but have nothing to lose. From this point of view it will be the same in the second. ”
The fact that only the 15 are turned over “is certainly not a disadvantage for me. Although the slope will be softer there too. You just have to find the right track ”.