Val Gardena (dpa) - The German ski racer Andreas Sander achieved a strong fifth place in the Super-G of Val Gardena and impressed with another top rank.
The 31-year-old from Ennepetal equalized his best result in the World Cup so far.
Sander was only 0.60 seconds short of winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
Behind the Norwegian overall World Cup winner, Mauro Caviezel from Switzerland (+0.12) and Kilde's compatriot Kjetil Jansrud (+0.21) finished on the podium.
"I'm very happy with the performance and the body language," said 31-year-old Sander.
"Here and there I might have unpacked even more feeling."
He spoke of a “cool result”.
Sander had already convinced last weekend as downhill seventh and Super G eight in Val d'Isère.
Val Gardena suits the experienced sander anyway: in 2016 he finished fifth on the Saslong, a year later sixth, both in the Super-G.
Romed Baumann became 16th (+1.34) from the German team, which had to do without the injured Thomas Dreßen.
Josef Ferstl, who had already won in South Tyrol, was a good one and a half seconds behind in 20th place.
Dominik Schwaiger and Simon Jocher, however, missed the top 30, Manuel Schmid was eliminated.
On Saturday (11.45 a.m. / ARD and Eurosport) the descent in Val Gardena and thus the first big speed classic of the winter is due.
Then Sander wants to aim for his first podium success of his career.
"I'm optimistic," he said.
"I am in good spirits that we will have another good result tomorrow."
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