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Guglielmo Bosca surprised everyone in Garmisch. © APA/afp / KERSTIN JOENSSON

Sensational podium in Garmisch – and an Italian cheers along

The men's Super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen had a lot to offer, but above all one thing: a podium that no one had expected before the race.

It wasn't Marco Odermatt, Cyprien Sarrazin, Vincent Kriechmayr or Dominik Paris who took the podium on Saturday, but Nils Allegre, Guglielmo Bosca and Loic Meillard. Allegre and Bosca are on a World Cup podium for the first time ever. To date, Allegre had never been better than fourth (this year in Val Gardena), Bosca had never been better than fifth (this year in Wengen). Now the two 5-year-olds can celebrate.

With starting numbers 17 and 18, Allegre and Bosca also benefited from the ever-improving visibility. But this alone didn't make the difference. The conditions in Garmisch were not easy; it rained overnight, so the piste had to be treated with a lot of salt. At first Bosca coped best with it. The Milan native has been competing in the World Cup since 2016 and has now finally made his breakthrough.

Bosca distanced Loic Meillard, who had been leading until then, by 7 hundredths. It is Meillard's first podium this season. The Swiss noble technician achieved this in, of all things, the Super-G. However, Bosca was not in the leader position for long at the finish. In foggy conditions, Allegre caught the faster line than the Italian and distanced Bosca by 18 hundredths.
“Of course today is a great moment for me.” Guglielmo Bosca

After the race he spoke ORF with Bosca about his sensational podium: “I've always driven well recently and was close to it in Val Gardena and Wengen. That's why I was confident. Of course today is a great moment for me. I’m coming back from two serious injuries and I’m now over the moon.”

Paris solid

Dominik Paris started the race with start number 3. The man from Ultimo had a solid run and ended up in 8th place. Christof Innerhofer, however, missed out on a top 20 place. Florian Schieder will not be at the start in Garmisch due to his knee problems. Another Super-G is on the program at the World Cup in Bavaria on Sunday. It starts at 11.30 a.m.

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