In the men’s giant slalom at the opening of the World Cup in Sölden, Austrian Roland Leitinger surprisingly advanced after the first round.
The 2017 vice world champion, who has struggled with injuries, put his best time on an excellent slope at No. 19. The 30-year-old is the first to take the lead, 19/100 ahead of France’s Mathieu Fever. (1.30 m). The third is the Swiss Marco Odermatt (+0.21).
Brennsteiner is ranked 11
The second best Austrian after the first race on the Rettenbach glacier was Stefan Bernsteiner in 11th place (+0.89) after 60 of 71 beginners. Speed specialist Matthias Meyer was surprised by the high starting number 31 in 13th (+1.06) ahead of GS specialist Manuel Feller (+1.08) and was easily qualified to make the decision. Third in the World Cup, Marco Schwartz finished 18th at the start, thus directly ahead of last year’s winner of Norway’s Lukas Brathen.
Marcel Hirscher last had a home win at Sölden in 2014. In 2016, the Salzburg native also finished second on the ÖSV podium at the season opener in Tirol. Last year, there was a disaster for the ÖSV men’s giant slalom section at Sölden as Bernsteiner was the best in 17th.
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