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Mayer sets another new record for men as Confortola wins women’s race.
Olympic downhill ski champion Sofia Goggia tackled the Red Bull 400 course at Val di Fiemme as Austrian Jakob Mayer produced a sensational time to launch the 2019 4TITUDE Challenge. Here is all you need to know:
– With 20 Red Bull 400 races strung across the summer, the new 4TITUDE Challenge launched in Italy on July 6 with further races at Titisee-Neustadt in Germany on July 20, Bischofshofen in Austria on August 24 and the Planica climax in Slovenia on September 14.
– Ski hero Goggia was the main attraction at the first stop as she battled her way 400m up the ski jump in exhausting heat wearing the number one bib.
– Compatriot Antonella Confortola claimed the women’s win as the former cross-country ski star overtook Agata Marchi with 20m left for a thrilling victory.
– Olympic medallist Confortola, 43, said: “The win came as a big surprise. I’m a mother as of five months ago, so this is a bonus, especially coming from this area.”
– In the men’s race, Mayer added to his growing list of Red Bull 400 accolades as he demolished the field with a new record winning time of 3m 32.80s for Italy.
– Mayer, the first athlete to ever finish a Red Bull 400 race in under three minutes, was a class above the field as he raced up the 35-degree incline with enviable ease.
– Slovenian Luka Kovavic, the only athlete to finish the formidable course in Planica in under five minutes, held off Italian Stefano Gardener for a gutsy second place.
– Mayer admitted: “The last 50 metres are always the hardest, but I’m happy to have won. Next week I’ll be at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Canada and the week after in Titisee-Neustadt because I want to try and win the 4TITUDE Challenge.”