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Marco Odermatt regains the lead overall following Schwarz’s crash, and Cyprien Sarrazin wins the Bormio downhill race | Alpine skiing FIS World Cup 23/24 – results

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The Frenchman won his first World Cup downhill after overcoming the difficult Stelvio course. Second-place Odermatt now leads the overall and downhill standings, while Marco Schwarz pulled out due to what appears to be a knee injury.

Cyprien Sarrazin
Cyprien Sarrazin

At the Alpine skiing FIS World Cup on Thursday (December 28), Cyprien Sarrazin stole the show in Bormio, Italy, by winning his first downhill race in his career.

After narrowly missing the podium in the previous race in Val Gardena, the 29-year-old confirmed his progress in speed and became the first Frenchman to win on the Stelvio course since Luc Alphand in 1996.

Beginning with the fourth bib, Sarrazin demonstrated incredible skill on the lower portion of the course, mastering the Carcentina section and the San Pietro jump, with only Marco Odermatt being able to keep up with him.

The rising star from Switzerland paid a price for a few small errors in the lower section, finishing in second place with a mere nine-hundredths of a second’s difference in time, or less than three meters.

After trailing the winner by 1.23 seconds, Cameron Alexander of Canada secured the final podium position.

“I ran really well, all the way from the starting gate to the finish line,” Sarrazin said to Eurosport.

“I pushed myself to the limit and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt amazing.” I told myself, “Yes, you did your job,” as soon as I crossed the finish line. It was ideal.”

Dominik Paris, the seven-time Bormio winner, and Alexander Aamodt Kilde, the pre-race favorites, were quickly eliminated: the Italian almost crashed and finished nearly seven seconds slower than the lead, while the Norwegian pulled up before the final third of his run due to damage to his equipment from a rock.

One of the DNFs was Austrian temporary leader Marco Schwarz, who was headed for a top-5 finish when he crashed hard into the net. He was later airlifted by helicopter with what appeared to be a suspected knee injury.

Odermatt rose to the top of the World Cup standings overall and in the declining order following today’s results.

Results of the men’s slalom on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the Bormio FIS World Cup (top 10)

  1. Cyprien Sarrazin (FRA) 1:50.73
  2. Marco Odermatt (SUI) +0.09
  3. Alexander Cameron (CAN) +1.23
  4. Justin Murisier (SUI) +1.81
  5. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) +2.07
  6. Mattia Casse (ITA) +2.15
  7. Niels Hintermann (SUI) +2.21
  8. James Crawford (CAN) +2.36
  9. Nils Alphand (FRA) +2.37
  10. Marco Kohler (SUI) +2.39

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