The Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Stelvio delivered the same winner as in its last edition, with local hero Dominik Paris taking the win ahead of Beat Feuz and Matthias Mayer.
The Italian speed ace draws perfect trajectories and becomes the first skier in history to achieve four Downhill victories – three in a row - in Bormio.
"I don’t know if you can call me a record man but I’m feeling very great on this hill and on this course", Paris said after the race. "I tried to push today very hard and put me on my limits and, yeah, it paid off very well. I like the hill, I know the lines, and I know what I have to do on this hill".
"Today was a little bit icier", Paris said of the conditions. "They do a great job every year on this hill and it’s always very tough and hard, very icy and bumpy and that’s what I like and why I think it’s the real downhill. You have to push but you also have to be very smart on the hill to not go out of the line. That’s Bormio, that’s what I like, and that’s why maybe why I have a little bit of an advantage here".
Bormio has a well-earned reputation on the men’s circuit as being one the most challenging Downhill races in the world with racers facing a dark, fast, bumpy, and icy ride year after year.In fact, with 13 career Downhill wins, Paris is the winningest active downhiller on the men’s Tour, one win shy of tying the now-retired Norwegian legend Aksel Lund Svindal and Walchofer on the all-time list.
Runner up Beat Feuz (SUI) does his best to keep up with Paris and achieves his third podium in three races with a solid second place (+0.39) and therefore keeps leading the Downhill Ranking 36 points ahead of Paris.
Matthias Mayer (AUT) finishes third, just 0.03s behind Feuz. It’s the first Downhill podium of the season for the Austrian skier, after the 5th place in Lake Louise and a disappointing 31st place in Beaver Creek.