Vincent Kriechmayr remporte la deuxième descente de Wengen

Vincent Kriechmayr won the second downhill in Wengen (Switzerland) on Saturday, counting for the World Cup. The Austrian skier beat the Swiss Beat Feuz (+0”34), thus depriving him of a fourth victory on the legendary Lauberhorn slope, and the Italian Dominik Paris (+0”44).

A derogation, a victory

But Kreichmayr’s victory will make him cringe, because he should not have been allowed to take part in the two descents of Wengen (he had finished 12th on Friday). Placed in solitary confinement in Austria after a positive test for Covid-19, he had only joined Wengen on Wednesday, missing the downhill tests on Monday and Tuesday. And the one scheduled for Thursday has been replaced by a super-G.

However, participation in these training sessions is in principle compulsory to take the start of the official descents. But the International Federation (FIS) opted Thursday evening for an unprecedented exemption, authorizing Vincent Kriechmayr to start Friday morning for training which he immediately interrupted.

Odermatt at the foot of the podium

The Austrian probably annoyed the Swiss a little more, by stealing first place from Feuz, in the provisional classification. The latter paid for the three small hiccups encountered during his descent. Paris had also made a small gap at the start of its course, but finished at full speed.

The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, winner of the first descent on Friday, this time ranked seventh (+0”98). The Swiss Marco Odermatt, leader of the general classification of the World Cup, has carried out a good operation, just missing the podium, for two hundredths (fourth at 0”46 from Kriechmayr).

First Frenchman, Johan Clarey took 18th place (+2”35). The Wengen stage will end on Sunday with a slalom.


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