Kroell leads way at second Bormio test
Austria’s Klaus Kroell ran fastest on the second morning of downhill training in Bormio after poor weather threatened to scupper proceedings.
After an early scare over how much the weather would interfere, the second test of the Stelvio Course was given the all-clear, with Kroell recording a time of one minute and 56.13 seconds.
Local favourite Christof Innerhofer, second-fastest behind Adrian Theaux on Thursday, was again just behind the pace, finishing just 0.09 seconds slower.
Compatriot Dominik Paris made it two third-placed finishes in as many days, .46 behind Kroell.
“The slope was better than yesterday and the warmer temperatures make the bumps a bit easier,” Kroell said.
“My run was much better than the one I had in the first training and my confidence is good for the race tomorrow.
“By starting at La Rocca today, the training time was only 4-5 sec shorter then yesterday and I really like the top section.
“I have always been a fan of it and of the jump just off the start gate so I hope tomorrow we can have a race starting at the top and good conditions all the way to the bottom.”
Innerhofer, who remains one of the favourites for Saturday’s race, admitted a back problem was hindering his efforts in Bormio.
“I the past years I had a lot of satisfaction from skiing, after winning my medals at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen I realized I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore and I can ski because I want to and I like to do it, “ he said.
“I have learned a great lesson since I won here in Bormio, rest is one of the essential segments of training and in order to be able to ski I need to listen to my body and take care of my back – sometimes that means coming to a race not as prepared as I wish but I learned to deal with that.
“My first points happened on this slope I finished 26th in 2006 I think, then a first top 10 in 2007 and a victory the next year. I have a lot of great memories from here and will be giving my best.”