Only the world champion drives faster than Meillard

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Only the world champion drives faster than Meillard


The French-speaking country put itself in position for a top result in the first run. Marco Odermatt, who is fighting for the small crystal ball, is also at the front.


On course for the podium: Loïc Meillard lurks in second place.


© Photo: Gabriele Facciotti (AP / Keystone)
On course for the podium: Loïc Meillard lurks in second place.


And again the world champion is leading: Mathieu Faivre also set the fastest time in the first run in Bansko’s second giant slalom – and clearly distanced himself from the competition. The Frenchman is 42 hundredths ahead of Loïc Meillard, the best Swiss, and 79 ahead of his compatriot Alexis Pinturault. Meillard reported in the SRF: “That was much better than yesterday, also in terms of feeling.” Everything is still possible, so the motto is clear: “Attack fully.”

Faivre had it on Friday because Filip Zubcic had a dream run in the decision. The Croatian will not spoil the game this time. After a serious mistake, he lost more than three seconds and experienced a setback in the fight for the small crystal ball in the third from last giant slalom this winter.

With 468 points, Zubcic is 22 behind Pinturault, the leader in the discipline classification. Behind him with 445 points is Marco Odermatt, who was a bit incredulous after his first run. The Nidwalden lost 1.2 seconds to Faivre in sixth and said: “I had the feeling that I hadn’t driven badly, so I was very surprised that I lost over a second.” But that shows that he is currently lacking in the basic speed.

Justin Murisier, who is on intermediate rank 8, managed a convincing run – and Odermatt was surprised that his deficit was quite large at 1.79 seconds. Gino Caviezel is 13. With Daniele Sette (23), a fifth Swiss has qualified for the second run. Semyel Bissig (33rd) and Tanguy Nef (39th) were outside the top 30, Cédric Noger was eliminated.

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