After a moderate start to the season, Bernese Oberland won the final ahead of Bastien Meadoul (France) and Reiss Houdin (Canada). In the previous mini-final, 30-year-old Mark Bischoffberger was left behind in the photo finish against Canadian Kevin Drury. After the second intense duel of the day, this time with a better result, the two players first laughed at each other and then hugged each other. Nice picture: tough on the track, and badly wrong.
On the selective road in Innichen, Marc Bischofberger triumphed in the first qualifier, in the quarter-finals after a lengthy duel with American Tyler Wallasch. With the second best 8th place of the season, Oberegger achieved the Olympic standard. However, he did not achieve the absolute highest score in Pulstertal, which dispels all doubts. In the semi-finals, Bischoffberger finished fourth after the start. When he tried to overtake, he wanted his head across the wall, so to speak, and because – that was the least promising duel between the two – Canadian Kevin Drury was similarly forced, having taken each other out of the race. And fight for victory.
The Swiss were stronger as a team at Innichen than in previous World Cup races, and Roman Detraz and Gus Perry also reached the quarter-finals. Only Tobias Bohr and Alex Viva, the only Swiss winner of the season so far, were eliminated in the first heat – the FIFA World Champion after a race with several exciting duels, as is customary at the Enichen circuit. On Monday, she gets a second chance to take pole position, but Bischoffberger doesn’t get it: He failed to qualify for second on Friday – and has to watch the second race in San Candido in 38th place.
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