Like last year, the Norwegian is unbeatable on Gudiberg on soft snow. Daniel Joll finished off the podium in fourth place, surprising Marc Rochat.
Pedestal – and Yule
- 1. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 1:48.37
- 2. Manuel Feller (AUT) +1.22sec
- 3. Clément Noel (France) +1.46
- 4. Daniel Jule (SUI) +1.71
Henrik Kristoffersen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen – it remains a love story, no matter the slope conditions. The Norwegian had already triumphed twice in the Bavarian ski resort last year: in 24 hours he won both slaloms. In the first race of the year, he again outpaced the competition Gudiberg, beating his opponents by over a second. Austrian Manuel Feller was already in second place, 1.22 seconds behind.
Madonna winner Daniel Yule, who isn’t known as a fan of soft slopes, did more than impress. As local champion Linus Strasser, who came second after half the workload, took all the risks and retired with split time, Yule took another place in the decision. His simple prescription was: “Just fight.” He was satisfied with the performance, but it was disappointing that he narrowly missed out on the podium.
Weather: “Snow is like porridge”
Kristofferson in particular was able to handle the spring-like snow in the first round. He made perfect use of the No. 1 starting number and capitalized on the fact that compatriots Lukas Brathen and Atlee Lee McGrath, the podium-contending Norwegian duo, fell victim to two links. Only Strasser (+0.71) and Noel (+0.93) lost less than a second to Kristofferson, qualifying for the final more than 4 seconds in arrears.
24 hours before the race, race director Markus Waldner had put his chances at a modest “50 to 60 percent”. The race for Gudiberg, which was held under floodlights for the first time, was clearly not fun for the athletes. Rainfall and warm temperatures have softened the ice, creating deep holes. The fact that the slope, surrounded by lush green meadows, was saltier than any Bavarian meatball, could not prevent the late starting numbers from being conspicuously disadvantaged. Or as Dave Riding described it after the first round: “Snow looks like porridge.”
The other Swiss: Rochats is catching up
- 7. Marc Rochat +1.86
- 8. Loïc Meillard +1.96
- 12. Ramon Sennhauser +2.09.2019
- 19. Tanguy Nef +2.46.66
- 22. Luca Aerni +3,04,220
Marc Rochat, without points earlier in the season, jumped from 23rd to 7th with a solid second run – his second-best World Cup finish. Loc Meillard lost 3 positions in the decision, Ramon Zenhousen was able to defend his 12th position, Tanguy Nef, still 29th after the first race, also showed successful performance under the floodlights. Luca Ernie also scored.
Here’s how to proceed
Classics are held in Adelboden on Saturday and Sunday – first giant slalom, then slalom. But snow conditions are also precarious in Chuenisbärgli. The snow control was a positive, but the races are still in jeopardy.
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