Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr speeds down the course during an alpine ski.
Austria: Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr won the men’s World Cup super-G in Kitzbuehel on Monday as Frenchman Alexis Pinturault earned a few valuable points in his bid for the overall title. The 29-year-old Austrian’s 7th World Cup victory, as the early starters benefited from clearer conditions. Kriechmayr, who has won super-G silver and downhill bronze at 2019 Are global championships, hit speeds of 130km/h (81mph) as he timed 1min 12.58sec, completing 0.12sec ahead of Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt. Another Austrian, double Olympic gold medalist Matthias Mayer, bagged his third podium of the Hahnenkamm race weekend, finishing the podium to go with second and third-placed finishes in Friday and Sunday’s downhills.
Pinturault consolidated his lead in the standard World Cup standings, his 11th-placed finish in the super-G seeing him move up to 802 points. Odermatt’s 80pts for completing runner-up to Kriechmayr noticed him leapfrog Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, out for the season with a knee injury, into second in the standard, on 607pts. Defending champion Kjetil Jansrud had a run to forget, snowboarding out high up the 2.15km-long Streif path to carry the curtain down on a disappointing weekend of racing for the Norwegian. And there has been no three-peat for Swiss racer Beat Feuz, the two downhills’ winner also skiing out. After heavy crashes on Friday’s downhill, organizers shaved the very last jump in a bid to enhance safety. However, the super-G passed largely without incident, Austrian Daniel Danklmaier, hitting the netting after badly judging a landing. France’s Nils Allegre also slid out on an increasingly track. However, each skier has been able to stroll away from their respective crash sites. There was no such luck for Davide Cazzaniga, the bib number 45 starter seeking to have sustained a nasty knee injury. Organizers airlifted the Italian off the piste. The World Cup circuit now moves to the Austrian hotel of Schladming for Tuesday’s night slalom.