Loïc Meillard celebrated the first victory of his young career in a European Cup. The 18 year-old Valaisan, who was introduced as one of the highest hopes for Swiss Downhill skiing, gave a grand performance on the Mont-Lachaux slope, where he went ahead of the Austrian Roland Leitinger, by forty one-hundreths of a second.
Born in Neuchâtel, but today resident in Hérémence, Loïc Meillard already competed Monday and Tuesday at the European Cup in Lélex (Fr), ranking 13th then 5th in the giant race despite having been away from the regular World Cup participants. A white circus where he had started out in January in Adelboden (not having qualified for the second round).
Before competing in Crans-Montana on Wednesday, his best score in a European Cup was 4th place, won in the Alpine Combined race in January 2014 and already in Crans-Montana.
In the realm of Loïc Meillard, three other Swiss were part of the top 15 on Wednesday on the 'Haut-Plateau'. They are Thomas Tumler, Gino Caviezel and Manuel Pleisch, from Graubünden and ranked respectively 4th, 6th and 11th.
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