Bormio with the Downhill taking place on Sunday. The slope "Stelvio" is the perfect venue for the annual men's downhill race. By unanimous opinion, alongside Kitzbuhel, this is absolutely the most spectacular and technically difficult course. The "Stelvio", which is almost 3,230 metres long with a 986-metre difference in altitude and a maximum gradient of 60%, is a notoriously unforgiving track and is the only one where the finish area can clearly be seen from the starting gate.
This year, due to the heavy snowfalls which occurred on the top section of the Stelvio, a decision was made already on Thursday to lower the original starting position and focus on getting the slope in shape from La Rocca. This proved to be a great call and the training took place today as scheduled.
A big storm hit Bormio as preparations were ongoing for the race and while it snowed on top, the lower section was hit by rain, creating a very different surface in that section. The main worry was that if it remained warm, it might be slushy for the training run but a clear night helped and according to the racers it was nice to ski on.
Bormio hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, as well as the World Cup Finals in 1995 and 2000.
Stelvio Downhill. Thecnical Overview