Pinturault, who leads the RTL World Cup, has won the last three giant slalom runs in a row and has already won the Super-G bronze medal and silver in combination in Cortina, is reaching for his third precious metal in these championships, this time probably for gold .
“Hats off to Pintu!”
Of the Austrians, for whom the men’s giant slalom is the weakest competition in the World Cup, combined world champion Marco Schwarz in sixth (+1.56) and Stefan Brennsteiner in seventh (+1.82) at least kept up in terms of placement. Manuel Feller suffered the usual Feller fate: he was well on the way for long stretches, but did not finish. Roland Leitinger had a faulty run and was twelfth (+2.15).
The re is still an outsider chance for a medal. That’s why the Carinthian was in a good mood and congratulated the leader: “Hats off to Pintu (Pinturault, note)! He went down like on rails. He’s not the best on RTL this year for nothing. For me it was one of my better rides this year.
The gap is obviously big, but the starting position for the second run is not that bad. I was a bit too round maybe, but on the whole it was okay. “
1st DG: Marco Schwarz (AUT)
Marco Schwarz achieved sixth place in the first round, one second behind the medal ranks.
The placement is pretty good, but the gap is big. It was extremely difficult to find the right set-up. In the second round I have to look for the flow so that it becomes a harmonious run. I found the route extremely difficult. I couldn’t even slide properly during the inspection. “
Leitinger: “From one problem to the next”
The 29-year-old Tyrolean was 2.15 seconds behind. “I’ve moved from one problem to the next. It didn’t really go on. Some of the goals felt like they were over there than when they were viewed, and then it becomes difficult to pull the swing properly, “said Leitinger, analyzing his run on ORF.
The 2017 vice world champion in St. Moritz celebrated victory at the Italian RTL championships in Cortina two years ago. “But it’s only the last 15 goals that we drive on the same route.”
Anything but easy
The best giant slalom runners are up front again. We wanted to be up front, but we couldn’t do that. “
DG: Manuel Feller (AUT)
Manuel Feller did not finish after a good interim time
The slope and the slopes are anything but easy. I didn’t feel good either and am surprised. You have to keep the ski on the train. Yes, the race is exciting. ”
The first round was also different for the Swiss. Hope bearer Marco Odermatt failed with start number one on the icy slope. Only Loic Meillard made it to the finish line in fifth of four starters (+1.25).