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Alpine skiing, Loic Meillard makes a void in the first run of the Garmisch slalom, Italians around the top 10


After the success only touched yesterday, the “magic moment” of Loic Meillard continues and closes in command the first run of the slalom # 2 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) valid for the 2021-2022 Alpine Ski World Cup for men. On the track called Gudiberg (which saw the marking of our Stefano Costazza) the conditions were ideal with full sun, a temperature of -3 ° and compact snow tending to ice.

The Swiss Loic Meillard benefited from this scenario, literally exceptional throughout the course of his descent and able to unleash an unrivaled speed for all rivals. Never a hesitation or smudging and a time of 53.76 for the native of Neuchâtel. His considerable margin speaks of 51 cents on his compatriot Ramon Zenhaeusern (in one of the best versions of recent months) and on the Austrian Johannes Strolz .

Fourth place for a revived Alexis Pinturault, who completes a test without flaws at 69 cents from the top, fifth for the Norwegian Sebastian Foss-Solevaag at 80 cents (almost all left since the early stages of the heat), on a par with the Austrian Manuel Feller, who was unable to make the most of starting bib number 1.

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Yesterday’s winner, the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, concludes in seventh position with a gap of 88 cents compared to Meillard, then eighth the Swiss Tanguy Nef tied with compatriot Daniel Yule at 1.14, ahead of the Norwegian Timon Haugan tenth at 1.15 , and the first of the blues, Giuliano Razzoli, eleventh at 1.21.

Alex Vinatzer did not go beyond 14th place at 1.34, at the end of a heat in which he paid more attention not to make mistakes than to make his skis travel. At the moment Tommaso Sala stops in 19th position at 1.68, with a final stretch in which he set the best time, going to remedy a very complicated first part. Beyond the twentieth position Stefano Gross (at 1.96) and Simon Maurberger (at 2.29) who will try to conquer the passage to the second heat.

On the other hand, Clement Noel did not complete the first heat, leaving the field open to his opponents also in view of the specialty cup, then Kristoffers Jakobsen, Albert Popov. Fabio Gstrein, Armand Marchant and Luca Aerni.

At this point everything will be up for grabs in the second heat, which will start at 12.30 and will see the tracing of the British Tristan Glasse Davies. Up to now, among the rapid gates we have seen 7 different winners in as many races, with as many as 15 athletes able to get on the podium. Will we see any news also in today’s second heat?