Switzerland wins the women's downhill and the men's slalom at the Grandvalira European Cup
The second day of the 2014 men's and women's Alpine Skiing European Cup Finals in Grandvalira saw the women's downhill and men's slalom champions crowned on a sunny day with pleasant temperatures at the Andorran resort. The Swiss skiers were the day's biggest winners, as Corinne Suter, in the downhill, and Daniel Yule, in the slalom, won the two overall titles.
Perfect conditions on the Àliga slope saw the Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer win the women's downhill race. The Austrian, fourth yesterday, was the fastest today with a time of 1:37:28 for the 2,600 meters of the new El Tarter course. Behind her came Corinne Suter and the Czech Klara Krizova, who repeated the second and third positions, respectively, they achieved yesterday.
This second place put the 19-year-old Swiss skier ahead of Norwegian Maria Therese Tviberg, not present in Grandvalira, in the general classification to finish second overall. Third place in the general European Cup classification went to the Austrian Stephanie Venier.
"I tried to ski as I always do, without thinking of first place overall. Things went well for me in the race and I'm really happy with this European Cup victory. I hope all my remaining days here at Grandvalira go just as well", said Corinne Suter after her overall victory.
For her part, Ramona Siebenhofer praised the Àliga slope, saying "it's a route I love, because it has technical areas, others that are fast and is a beautiful stage to compete on". With this praise in mind, special mention should be made of the work of Grandvalira's volunteers and staff, who have ensured the skiers enjoy unbeatable conditions to give their all in the competition.
With respect to local skiers, the Andorrans Sara Ramentol (37th with 1:43:90) and Carmina Pallàs (38th with 1:44:52) once again finished in the last two positions, but still expressed their satisfaction at taking part in such an important event in front of their home crowd.
On the Soldeu Avet slope, victory in the race went to Victor Muffat-Jeandet who, with a total time of 1:39:44 over the two legs, was the most consistent on the day. This victory helped consolidate the 25-year-old Frenchman's first place overall in the European Cup, which he has held since yesterday thanks to his fourth place in the giant slalom.
Second place went to Daniel Yule (1:39:66), fastest in the first leg. After this result, the young Swiss skier was also proclaimed overall slalom champion in this year's European Cup. Today's podium was completed by the UK's David Ryding (1:39:93), overall champion last year on the circuit and second overall in this year's slalom behind Yule. Switzerland's Reto Schmidiger, fourth in the race, finished third overall.
The only Spanish participant, Pol Carreras, finished 30th with a time of 1:44:04 and was among the points despite a disappointing first leg. As a result, the Catalan is the first Spanish skier to be awarded points in this season's European Cup. For his part, Robert Solsona finished 34th (1:50:18) and last, while the other two local skiers, Axel Esteve and Josh Alayrach, failed to pass the first leg.
"This final victory shows that I've been strong throughout the season, from November to May, so I feel satisfied. Last year when I came to Andorra I was left pleasantly surprised, but this year even more so. Grandvalira is a magnificent resort, the slope is great and the people really friendly", stated Yule as he left the podium. The Frenchman Muffat-Jeandet also expressed his satisfaction "after yesterday's slight disappointment in only coming 4th in the giant slalom. These FIS points will be very useful with a view to next year's World Cup".
Tomorrow, Thursday 13 March, sees the final of both men's and women's super giant slalom on the Àliga slope, which will once again be the focus of the event on its grand international debut. The women will open the competition at 9:30 a.m., followed two hours later by the men at 11.30 a.m. Notable is the participation of the two Spaniards, Carolina Ruiz and Paul de la Cuesta, who are competing with a view to winning as many points as possible.
Next, in the afternoon, men and women will take part in a combined exhibition race, to be held on the Parador Canaro slope in Soldeu. With this, the European Cup, Grandvalira's major contribution to Alpine skiing for this season, reaches its midway point.