Sölden (dpa) - After the less intoxicating start of the women's World Cup, the men want to score the first German points this winter at the giant slalom in Sölden (10 a.m. and 1.15 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport).

"You approach it with ambition from the outset," said the alpine boss of the German Ski Association (DSV), Wolfgang Maier.

"You can get ready for an exciting race."

The hopefuls are Stefan Luitz and Alexander Schmid, who finished the overall giant slalom World Cup in the pre-season, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, in places 22 and 19 and are candidates for the top places.

The German squad is completed by Fabian Gratz, who is contesting his second World Cup race.

"We prepared very conscientiously," emphasized national coach Christian Schwaiger.

“It will be a real challenge physically.

But I am convinced that the guys can do it. "

Above all, Luitz wants to attack after the mixed winter for him and "show a different body language again at the races."

But the favorites are different.

One of them is last year's French winner Alexis Pinturault.

Another of last season's most successful giant slalom and 2019 world champion, Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway).

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