Already winner of the super-G, the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr dominated the descent in Cortina d’Ampezzo for a small hundredth ahead of the German Andreas Sander.
After two men’s races, Vincent Kriechmayr is the man of these Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Winner of the super-G Thursday, the Austrian bisse Sunday by dominating the descent on the Vertigine track.
Bib 1 on the back, Kriechmayr (29) made the difference on the intermediate section of the track by finding the shortest trajectories on the Italian slope. As in the super-G, a German then gave him a cold sweat. Andreas Sander (bib 2) failed a tiny hundredth behind the Austrian.
But unlike the super-G, it is not a Frenchman who will accompany the German-speaking duo on the podium. The Swiss Beat Feuz finished third, 17 hundredths behind after a superb race. Titled on the descent and the super-G, Kriechmayr is the first skier to achieve such a double since Bode Miller in 2005, again in Italy, at Bormio.
Cheerful seventh, fear for Muzaton
The Habs conceded a lot of time in the middle of the course, too much to dream of imitating Alexis Pinturault, bronze medalist Thursday. At the finish, Nils Allègre finished seventh (+ 0”97), far ahead of veteran Johan Clarey (16th, at 1”50) and Matthieu Bailet (23rd, at 2”43, after 27 bibs).
Last tricolor in contention, Maxence Muzaton gave up, not without being a huge fright. The native of Épernay hit the snow after a ground movement before managing to recover to land … with his back to the slope. But the Frenchman seems to have hurt his knee.
Monday, the tricolor clan hopes to add one or two medals with the combined male and female. Reigning world champion, Alexis Pinturault is the big favorite and Victor Muffat-Jeandet also dreams of being invited to the podium.