Cuche marches to 17th career win in Kvitfjell Super G
Didier Cuche gave a Super G Masterclass yet again as he won his seventeenth career win in the World Cup Super G race in Kvitfjell. Starting as the last of the top seeds at bib number 22, this did not worry the HEAD speedoholic racer. Cuche was in imperious form especially on the lower section of the Olympiabekken course. Despite the disappointment in the downhill races over the weekend that had seen him lose his lead in the standings, Cuche was ready to show what he is capable of in the Super G.
"I was extremely motivated today and I asked members of my staff to encourage me loudly at the start. I wanted to do a solid race, but I can't really rejoice, I didn't expect to be so fast today", Cuche said. "It has been a tough week for me. I couldn't sleep last nights, there were a lot of tensions around me. It's nice to finally win today and to take the lead, but yesterday night, I was ready to end my career. Now I'll think it over again."
"This was for sure one of the most difficult weeks of my career", the Swiss veteran added. "Now Ill need to focus on the coming week as I have to fight hard to clinch the downhill or the super G globe," Cuche said, who became the oldest winner of a Super G World Cup race with this win.
Cuche is a veteran of the World Cup tour yet he showed many of the younger racers how to channel their energies as he tore into the course. Having made his World Cup debut back in 1993, Cuche has many titles to his name and his hunger to win is as great as ever. Next week in Lenzerheide, with the Swiss crowd to support him, he will have two goals: To win the Super G Globe, no Swiss racer has won it since 1992 and Paul Accola, and also to recapture his Downhill Globe that he last won in 2010.
There was more good news for the HEAD racers as Hans Olsson put in a stunning performance from start number 40, to grab 6th place for his best result of the season.
With the regular season now completed, it will be the top 25 in each of the disciplines that will fight out the final race (plus the World Junior Champion in each discipline). Cuche has a great chance in both Super G (he leads by 64 points) and in the Downhill where he will hope to hunt down Michael Walchhofer in a winner takes all situation. Ted Ligety will be looking to add the Giant Slalom crown as well in the HEAD racers success chase! And then there is also the Riesch v Vonn battle…..
1. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
2. Klaus Kroell
3. Joachim Puchner
6 Hans Olsson (SWE) HEAD
15 Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD
25 Werner Heel (ITA) HEAD
27 Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD