The FIS coordinator for the men's European circuit highlights that the organization has worked 150%
The schedule planned for Saturday is going ahead, with the women's giant slalom and two training sessions for the men's downhill
Andorra la Vella, 18 March 2022.
Giovanni Franzoni of Italy became Europa Cup champion of the men's super-G this Friday at the base of the Àliga course in Grandvalira. The podium was completed by two Austrians, Christoph Krenn and Lukas Feurstein. Franzoni, with 709 FIS points, is already mathematically champion of the Europa Cup for the 2021-2022 season in the general classification.
The award ceremony took place without the circuit's last super-G race, scheduled for this Friday at the Àliga course at El Tarter, and which was canceled due to weather conditions.
After winning the title, Franzoni expressed feeling “very happy and proud of myself” for how the supergiant season developed. Now he is waiting to take part in the downhill on Sunday, in which he hopes to add more points to consolidate his first place in the general classification. “Andorra is a very nice place to finish the season well,” he added.
Franzoni also talked about the possibility of participating in the 2023 World Cup, which will end with the World Cup Finals in Andorra, stating that he would like to be there. He recalled, however, that the season is long and “the World Cup is another story; it will be difficult but we will try.”
The FIS coordinator for the Europa Cup in the men's category, Wim Rossel, has assured everyone that “the organization has worked, not 100%, but 150%,” but unfortunately three races had to be canceled because “we don't get to decide about the weather.” However, Rossel was happy that the men's technical disciplines could take place “in a reasonable way” and was very hopeful and positive ahead of the weekend's races: “It seems that we will have a cold night and, together with the efforts and the energy that the organization and the coaches are putting in, we will work to have the base ready for tomorrow, to be able to have some great finals,” he added.
Over the weekend, the technical events in the women's category are scheduled to be held on the Avet course in Soldeu (the giant slalom on Saturday and the slalom on Sunday) and the men's downhill on the Àliga course on Sunday, with two training sessions planned during the day on Saturday. The three events will be decisive for proclaiming the champions of each discipline.
Andorran racers competing this weekend are Carla Mijares, who will take part in the giant slalom and the slalom; Íria Medina, who will compete in the giant slalom; and Pere Cornella, who will take part in the downhill.
Schedule for Saturday March 19
9.30 to 12.30: Women's Giant Slalom (Avet – Soldeu)
10.00: Men's Downhill training sessions (Àliga – El Tarter)
12.00: Men's Downhill training sessions (Àliga – El Tarter)