Alpine Skiing - Theaux fastest in Bormio downhill practice

Adrian Theaux topped Thursday’s opening downhill practice in Bormio, where French and Italian competitors dominated.

The Frenchman clocked the fastest time of two minutes and 0.72 seconds ahead of Italian pair Christof Innerhofer (0.23 seconds behind) and Dominik Paris (0.98 behind), leaving another French skier – Johan Clarey – over a minute behind the pace in fourth.

“I like it when there is a lot going on at the slope,” Innerhofer said.

“This is where my career kicked off in a way, my first top 10 and my first victory came here so I definitely know the slope really well.

!I am happy to see I am among the best in training and for sure Saturday I will give it all I have in the race.”

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, owner of five podium finishes this year, had to settle for sixth-fastest despite matching his best race result on the Stelvio slope.

“If we speak about races where one feels confident, powerful and comfortable on skis, Bormio doesn’t really fit that description,” Svindal said.

“It’s bumpy and dark, there are points where your head is shaking so much that it’s not really easy to see where you are going.

“The course is overall very tough, you get tired in the bottom part but I feel ok, it wasn't a perfect training run but I want to save energy for the race.”