The Fairy tale continues – Cuche wins in Crans Montana
HEAD World Cup Rebel, Didier Cuche, continued the success that has come his way since he announced his retirement in Kitzbuehel in January. The first of two Super G’s held in Crans Montana coincidentally replaced the Kitzbuehel Super G that was called off due to the snow conditions. Cuche mastered the rolling course in dominating fashion and in a way that the weather looked to be calling the shots: spring like snow that was taking a pounding from the sun! Cuche won from Canadian Jan Hudec and Benni Raich took third.
The Crans Montana course has returned to the World Cup tour this year after an absence of two years and then it was for the women. This was a technically interesting course as there were rolls and jumps aplenty all the way down. Nineteen of the seventy four starters struggled with the course and failed to make the finish. With a large number of course issues holding the starters up, it looked as if the early starters would get the better of the conditions as the strong sun started to slow the conditions down.
Jan Hudec made the best of an early start number and when Aksel Lund Svindal, pre race leader of the red bib, came down and slotted into fifth, it looked as if the snow was softening and slowing the course down. From the first split, however, Cuche was in contention yet got quicker and quicker as the course went on. By the time he crossed the finish line, the green light was on and Cuche could start thinking of his sixth win in the Super World Cup.
“I think I was able to find the fastest and cleanest line in the lower section, somehow it just started feeling right and I’m so happy that brought me the victory,” explained Cuche after the run. The good feeling allowed Cuche to claw back over half a second on Hudec who had held the lead since he came down from bib 6.
With three Super G’s remaining, Didier Cuche now trails Aksel Lund Svindal in the season long standings by 38 points with Bode Miller in 5th in the standings. Miller did not start this race favouring rest of his injured left knee.
1. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
2. Jan Hudec )CAN)
3. Benni Raich (AUT)
9. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
17. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
21. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
26. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD
27. Bernhard Graf (AUT) HEAD
28. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD