Austrian victory in Austria: Vincent Kriechmayer wins the mythical descent of the “Streif”. Two Germans were also satisfied – Thomas Dreßen and Andreas Sander finished in the top 15.
It didn’t work out with a top ten finish – but alpine racer Thomas Dreßen showed a run on the legendary Streif in Kitzbühel that should give him courage. The German was in the top 5 for a long time on Friday January 20, 2023 and finally finished 13th. Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr won in 1:56.16 minutes ahead of surprise second Florian Schieder from Italy (+0.23). seconds), who finished on the podium with the starting number 43 (!), and the Swiss Niels Hintermann (+ 0.31 seconds).
“Yes madness”, said Dreßen, who returns to the season after a long break with injury, after the race to the finish line and on ZDF. “I noticed as soon as I drove that it felt good. The little screws I adjusted seem to have paid off.” The 2018 Kitzbühel winner was in the top 10 for a long time, but was eventually ousted by drivers with higher starting numbers. In his race, Dreßen repeatedly lost significant time, especially in the sliding phases. With number two at the start, the 29-year-old rode a brave race and stayed in front for a long time.
Dreßen: “It was great”
“The race doesn’t seem to have been that bad after all. I think it was solid at the top, Hausberg Kante wasn’t so clean, but from the old edge to the finish it was pretty passable. C ‘was great. “said Dreßen, who was 0.87 seconds behind today’s winner Kriechmayr.
Baumann: “Give it from the bottom of your heart”
“It was extremely good. He already said in practice that he could drive fast. He really did it again in the race.”said his teammate Romed Baumann with Dreßen. “Especially in the upper part, he went brutally to the limit. Sensational. I blame him from the bottom of my heart.”
Baumann himself finished outside the top 30 (+1.62 seconds) and therefore missed the desired top 10 position. After a good start, the third in Kitzbühel’s first practice this week lost too much time, especially in the lower part, and analyzed after the race on ZDF: “Top 10 would have been possible. But coming into the traverse my position was a bit too far back. I took a hit or two there. You immediately lose speed and time. is a pity. wrong.”
Power sander 15.
Andreas Sander did better. With the high starting number 23, he bravely tackled the frozen Streif from the start and followed the top riders. Sander finished 15th, 0.94 seconds behind Kriechmayr.
Sander: “I’m surprised”
“I didn’t expect much”said Sander, 33, after the race on ZDF and looks back on Thursday’s training session (01/19/2003). “I had a very bad day yesterday with a lot of ups and downs. I’m surprised myself. The only thing that was important for me today was to show that I can ski this way. I think I managed to do it. That’s why there’s no criticism from me now. I’m very satisfied.” Regarding the second downhill on Saturday (01/21/2023), the German said: “If I ride again like today, the top 10 is possible again. But at the moment the path is much more important to me than any result.”.
Josef Ferstl and Dominik Schwaiger didn’t handle the steep slope so well. The two Germans finished at 2.58 seconds (Ferstl) and 3.71 seconds (Schwaiger).
Big blunders from Kilde and Odermatt
The absolute favorites – Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Marco Odermatt – were not among the best riders on Friday on the Streif. Norwegian Kilde, who started with a broken pastern after a crash in training on Thursday, looked immediately nervous at the top of the course. After a spin, he was already half a second behind the leader. With his usual aggressive driving style, Kilde was able to move up to second place. But a blunder before the finish slope almost threw the Norwegian into the safety net. Kilde managed to catch up, but was even behind Dreßen in tenth place.
Marco Odermatt, one of the big favorites, also failed. The Swiss was again lifted off the track in the upper part by a bump, with a lot of effort Odermatt was able to catch up and finish the race. But the loss of time was too great, the 17-time World Cup winner has nothing to do with the podiums and crossed the finish line. He was 3.20 seconds behind the winner of the day, Kriechmayr.
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