His brand change has made Franz a team-mate of fellow Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr with whom he also shares his service man Wilfried Wieser. Kriechmayr had welcomed Franz to Fischer with open arms and revealed many secrets to him. Too many? “No, no,” said the Upper Austrian sportingly, “Max is a great guy and a good friend. It’s mega that he’s won the first race and a real incentive for me. We used to think that I was so good,” he added with a smile, “but really we just have the best skis.”
With their tenth, eleventh and twelfth places in the Downhill, Johannes Kröll, Steven Nyman and Bryce Bennett rounded off a strong Fischer performance in Lake Louise.