The long stage of the Wengen Ski World Cup starts tomorrow with the super-G, which also includes two free runs, Friday and Saturday, to close on Sunday with a special slalom.
The Azzurri jets are therefore the first to take to the track, led by Dominik Paris, and are facing a rather demanding program on the hard Lauberhorn track.
The South Tyrolean downhill skier appears confident and expects to be able to fight for the podium in the free ascent and hopes that "in the end, we can also celebrate something", but Christof Innerhofer has good feelings too, yesterday the best in practice and today a good seventh.
Paris closed the second and last timed trial of the descent with the third time, a trial shortened by about 45 seconds to not tire too much the athletes who will have three fast races to play on the legendary track, the longest in the world, with its 4,480 meters . The fastest was the Austrian Max Franz, who stopped the clock at a time of 1'43 ″ 42, with 56 hundredths of an advantage over the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and 93 over the pair formed by Paris and the American Ryan Cochran-Siegle . Christof Innerhofer, still author of a good performance after the best time recorded yesterday, was seventh at 1 ″ 24 from Franz. Mattia Casse instead recorded the 14 / o time with 1 ″ 79 behind the leader, while Guglielmo Bosca is 2 ″ 38. More late Matteo Marsaglia, Emanuele Buzzi, Riccardo Tonetti.
"The track is in excellent condition - said Paris -. In the first test yesterday the situation was not optimal, but last night they worked and we skied on it. The track is shiny, very hard. I took some references and I hope to be in front and to be able to play a podium. Let's see what the super-G will be like on this track - he said something new because I have never done it. Then there will be the classic long descent and then a shorter one. I hope that, in the end , you can also celebrate something ".
The veteran Innerhofer said he was satisfied with his two "good tests".
I skied as I know how to do, I finally managed to put everything in place and I enjoyed these days - he declared -.
I like the track and I'm ready.
I am happy to face these races.
I feel good physically and I can have the ski cut in the most difficult places, as I know how to do. "