Cuche rolls back the years to win in the Garmisch Downhill
For the second time in two weeks the weather played its part in the proceedings and for the second time the result was the same: HEAD World Cup Rebel Didier Cuche won! With cloud cover meaning that the top half of the famed Kandahar course could not be used, the shortened course started at the Super G start. For Cuche this win was some redemption for the silver medal place he took in the 2011 World Championships, this time it was World Champion Erik Guay who took second and Hannes Reichelt took third.
How do you replace a man like Didier Cuche on your team? “This is a good question,” explained HEAD World Cup Rebels race manager, Rainer Salzgeber after the race that had seen Cuche win his third race of the season and retake the lead in the Downhill World Cup. “The answer is you cannot replace him,” continued Salzgeber, “It was amazing seeing him charge down the hill.” Salzgeber explained that since Cuche announced his retirement in Kitzbuehel, Cuche has been able to focus entirely on his skiing.
With Cuche in dominant form with back to back victories, Johan Clarey posted another top ten result yet was a little disappointed not to have made the podium. “Next week will be good to race in front of the family and hopefully I can make the podium in Chamonix,” he explained after finishing 7th. “I made too many small mistakes at the top and when the course is so short, this makes it difficult,” Clarey said after the race.
With Bode Miller having been a few minutes late for the bib draw and having to start thirty places after his draw number (16), no one watching the race was sure of the result until after he had finished. The softening snow meant that the course was slowing down and his cause was not helped by catching an edge in an almost replica of his Kitzbuehel run.
The race belonged to Didier Cuche. After the race he spoke that it was nice to be on top this time after being second last year in the World Championships. With a glint in his eye Cuche then added that the time difference was almost the same as last year! With Erik Guay leading when Cuche was on course, Guay topped his hat in recognition of Cuche’s performance as he crossed the line and took the lead.
Cuche now leads the Downhill standings by 69 points with Bode Miller in fifth and Johan Clarey in sixth.
1. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
2. Erik Guay (CAN)
3. Hannes Reichelt (AUT)
7. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
15. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
19. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
23. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD