Slovenian wins in Bormio

29th December 2009, by Chris Gill

Bormio on race day - 29 December 2009

Bormio on race day - 29 December 2009

Slovenian Andrej Jerman has won the men’s downhill in Bormio, claiming his first World Cup victory for three years.

Jerman raced into first position in 2 minutes, 0.32 seconds – 0.44 seconds ahead of Austria’s Mario Schreiber. But the Austrian was later disqualified for wearing irregular sized boots. This bumped Didier Defago into second place, with Michael Walchofer of Austria finishing third.

Jerman was delighted with his performance: ‘If you’re first and second in the training runs I don’t think it’s a surprise to win the race.’ The Slovenian’s only other win has been in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The Stelvio piste has proved a good course for Jerman, who has five top-ten finishes to his name on the slope. The course is consistently bumpy and one of the longest on the Alpine circuit – so it is also deemed one of the more challenging venues. And for Tuesday’s race, overcast conditions made the course difficult to see.

In the downhill standings, Didier Cuche maintains the top spot on the circuit, with Walchofer second. In the overall standings, it is Carlo Janka of Switzerland who leads the way – 11 points ahead of Benjamin Raich.

The next men’s downhill competition will be the famous Lauberhorn race in Wengen Switzerland, on 15-17 January. But you can catch the slalom and giant slalom in Adelboden on 9/10 January.

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