For a long time, Kilde was poised to take the final podium spot after his hundredth drama of victory, but in the early numbers later, Niels Hintermann struck. The Swiss quickly took the lead and boosted the speed of the king from Bærum down to fourth place.
He entered 20 percent ahead of Norway, while separating 12 and 19 to Matthias Mayer (Austria) and Beat Feuz (Switzerland). However the above positions are not fully distributed. From the starting number 39, Cameron Alexander of Canada raced sensationally to lead along with Hintermann.
Thus, Kilde fell one more level on the list.
– Aah, really bitter. I didn’t have the best feeling when I reached the finish line. “I felt the pace slow down a bit halfway through, where I took a few hits,” Kilde told NRK.
– It’s still nice to drive at home again, he added.
Maintain cup grip
Kilde stands with six World Cup wins this season. Three of them have dropped, and that makes them the home favorites at Kvitfjell. From the starting number he gave a good race, but maybe a little too controlled.
Two years ago, Mayer won at Kvitfjell and beat Kilde to victory. On Friday, the Austrian was nearly behind his Norwegian rival, but by the end he was eight hundred ahead. Kilde got a new shipment on Saturday.
Kilde appeared to have lost the overall lead in the descent to Feuz, but Alexander’s super race means he still leads by three points.
Kjetil Jansrud ended his career at home. He has 23 starts on Olympic court from 1994 with seven wins – two downhill and five in super-G. Eleven times he has been on the podium since his first win ten years ago. The 36-year-old racer went downhill in Friday’s race at start number 31.
You can clearly hear the cheers the Vinstra men receive along the way. In the finish he was 2.10 seconds behind Hintermann. It currently holds the 30th place.
Adrian Smiseth Sejersted was somewhat faster than Jansrud and finished 1.56 behind the lead.
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