Vincent Kriechmayr extends World Cup Super-G lead with win in Garmisch

Red bib wearer dominates on the Kandahar 1 course to lead Austrian 1-2 from Matthias Mayer

By ZK Goh
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Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr extended his lead at the top of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Super-G standings after winning in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday (6 February).

The red bib wearer made the most of his early start position – he was fifth down a piste that began to soften as temperatures warmed – to emphasise his credentials ahead of next week's World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, where he will be one of the favourites.

It was the first World Cup Super-G race in Garmisch since 2010 and first top-level race in the discipline on these slopes since the 2011 World Championships.

Kriechmayr's time of one minute, 12.68 seconds was 0.17 seconds ahead of teammate Matthias Mayer – who has now clocked six consecutive World Cup podiums – while Switzerland's young hotshot all-rounder Marco Odermatt was third.

The win is Kriechmayr's eighth career victory on the World Cup tour and sixth in Super-G, and second straight victory having also won the last race in this discipline at Kitzbühel.

Mayer overtakes the injured Mauro Caviezel for second place in the Super-G standings, 101 points behind Kriechmayr, while Odermatt passes his teammate Marco Schwarz for second in the overall Crystal Globe chase.

"Bib number five is always good," Kriechmayr said after the race to FIS. "I won in Kitzbühel too with bib number five.

"Today the slope was much better than I was thinking. It was not easy today... not so difficult but also not so easy, I had to make the turns really well.

"I was really proud of my skiing and my result as well."

Matthias Mayer of Austria (left / 2nd place), Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria (centre / 1st place), Marco Odermatt of Switzerland (right / 3rd place) pose on the podium after the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super Giant Slalom on February 6, 2021 in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Kriechmayr was the fifth man to take to the Italian-set course, knowing he had Mayer's time to beat.

The 29-year-old started out quickly, and was inside at the first two time checks. However, a slight mistake after the Seilbahnstadlsprung jump saw the Austrian lose a bit of time at the third intermediate timing mark.

But a strong finish on the last segment, from the FIS Schneise to the Tauberschuss, saw him regain some time on his teammate.

Mayer himself will be disappointed with an error through the steep Hölle section, which saw him lose a bit of time.

The World Cup circuit will now be on hold for the next two weeks, with the World Championships in Italy taking centre stage.

"The world championships are always really unpredictable," Kriechmayr said, playing down expectations. "It is its own race, a new day, a new course, a new slope.

"I'm in really good shape and I hope I can ski as fast as today."