It was very nearly the Downhill victory that Anna Fenninger has been waiting for but as in Altenmarkt a late starter denied her victory. This time it was Andrea Fischbacher that upset the formbook. Lizz Goergl took fourth place.
With four racers coming into the race still in with a chance of taking the Downhill Globe, three were HEAD World Cup Rebels. It was all to play for, for Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden and Anna Fenninger as well as Tina Maze.
Lizz Goergl went early, number 12, and learned the lessons from the mistakes made by the early runners through the compression and the big sweeping turns. Goergl posted a time that would turn out to be the benchmark for the rest of the field to chase down.
As the fog that had delayed the race overnight and by two and a half hours on race day, threatened to come back in, the top seeds got ready to battle it out.
The first of the HEAD Rebels to go in the battle for season long victory was Hoefl-Riesch and after the race she admitted that she had been a little too passive in sections and that she would “have to fight harder” in the remaining races. With Kaufmann-Abderhalden making a rare mistake and skiing out, it left Fenninger to chase the time set by another HEAD World Cup Rebel who was leading in the finish, Lizz Goergl.
Fenninger attacked the new course and said afterwards: "We only had one training day and that made it tough for us today. One can see who are the best racers on such difficult slopes. I like this new course. I already knew the other slope but I definitely like the new one more."
Hoefl-Riesch admitted after the race: "Of course I am disappointed (with ninth place).” Hoefl-Riesch remains in the position of power leading up to the final races.
With Maria Hoefl-Riesch taking ninth place in the end, the gap in the race for the Globe has narrowed. It is now a straight shoot out in Lenzerheide between Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Anna Fenninger. The difference is eighty points in favour of Hoefl-Riesch in the downhill and just over one hundred and fifty in the race for the Overall.
It is time to push to the limit!
1. Andrea Fischbacher (AUT)
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
3. Tina Maze (SLO)
4. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
9. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
18. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
23. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD