The World Cup got off to an almost perfect start for the Swiss men’s team.
Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel finished respectively 2nd and 3rd behind the giant of Sölden, kidnapped by the Norwegian Lucas Braathen who won at 20 his first victory at this level.
Marco Odermatt narrowly missed, 0”05, his second success on the White Circus. The 23-year-old Nidwalden has little to be ashamed of: 7th on the first course, he set the best time in the final to clinch the fifth podium of his career, the fourth in the discipline.
If the famine continues, the Swiss male giant – weaned from victory since March 2011 – has nevertheless placed two of its representatives on a podium for the first time in 11 years (Cuche 1st and Janka 3rd in 2009 in … Sölden). Leader after the initial round, Gino Caviezel indeed held up the shock in the afternoon.
The surprising 28-year-old Grison, whose margin was tiny (0”31 on Odermatt), conceded 0”46 to Lucas Braathen to get a first podium. He leaves behind him big names like Alexis Pinturault (4th at 0”49) or Henrik Kristoffersen (5th at 0”56), whose delay was less than two tenths after the first layout.
Loïc Meillard has confirmed his membership in the elite. The 23-year-old Neuchâtelo-Valaisan, 6th after the first round, won a place and finished tied with Henrik Kristoffersen. Justin Murisier, who changed gear this spring, got a promising 11th place on the Rettenbach Glacier.
A fifth Swiss scored points, the Grison Daniele Sette (20th), present in the top 30 for the third time in his career. Three Helvetians had remained at the quayside after the initial round, including the Genevan Tanguy Nef, 55th and last.