Second to the Englishman Ryding, third to the Norwegian Braathen, who takes the lead in the discipline classification. The cup remains in Austria, two night races in Schladming
The Swiss Daniel Yule, in 1’44″63, won the special slalom of the Alpine Ski World Cup in Kitzbuehel. For him, at the age of 29, it is his sixth success in the cup, of which three in Madonna di Campiglio (Trento ), and the second in Kitzbuhel after that of 2020. Second place, in 1’45″03, for the English Dave Ryding, winner last year, and third in 1’45″04 the Norwegian Lucas Braathen, who head of the discipline classification.
For Italy, the best was once again Tommaso Sala from Lecco, but he finished only 13th in 1’46″05 after finding himself in eighth place in the first heat. Then, there is Stefano Gross from Trentino, 26 /o in 1’47″96, while the South Tyrolean Simon Maurberger entered the third last door after being 26/o in the first heat. The men’s World Cup now stays in Austria and moves on to Schladming for two night races: special slalom on Tuesday and giant slalom on Wednesday on the final part of the famous Planai slope.
Illustrious victims (from Vinatzer to McGrath), the winner of the last slalom more than a second and a half behind the leader, in the lead the Austrian Manuel Feller who hasn’t won a slalom since March two years ago. The race that closes the Kitzbuehel program offers surprises in the first heat, starting from the head: the icy track, unlike the last few races, exalted Feller and put several colleagues in difficulty.
The Austrian started with bib number 1, overcame the traps of the counter slope for a 52”18 that no one has ever been able to improve on. Neither Braathen, the leader of the specialty classification finished at 31/100, nor the other Norwegian Kristoffersen, in trouble and very far away (at 1”45). The gaps are minimal among the top 8: there are Strasser at 50/100, Noel at 53/100, Meillard at 68/100, Zenhaeusern at 75/100, Yule at 85/100 and then Tommaso Sala at 1”01. Blocked by back pain, Giuliano Razzoli did not participate in the slalom.
After the progress and the return to the first group Vinatzer had started well, the first intermediate was in line with the best, then late in the line he was catapulted into the air. Tommaso Sala, who came down with bib number 15, paid for the delay in the first counter slope that put many colleagues in crisis, but managed to manage up to the eighth place finish. Gross managed and finished 19th 1.92 behind Feller. Simon Maurberger also qualified for the second heat, 26th at 2”26.
At 13.30 the second heat.
January 22, 2023 (change January 22, 2023 | 14:56)
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