Svindal takes the Super G Globe
Aksel Lund Svindal finished outside the points but being the box seat in terms of the race for the season long Globe meant that others had to score big points. With Beat Feuz crashing out in the race, it meant that Didier Cuche in his last speed race on the World Cup tour had to place in the top five and things were tight in the leading group. Christof Innerhofer won the race by just two hundredths of a second from Alexis Pinturault with Marcel Hirscher in third.
"I didn’t ski too good today,” explained Svindal, “so in a way I did not accomplish what I had in mind this morning. But, the globe is an award for the whole season and not for a single day or race so I’ll take it. It was tight at the top, Didier had to be among the top four or five to beat me and there wasn’t much room up there. I had a feeling that it could be tough for both Feuz and Cuche to take the globe from me but I still wanted to ski really fast and make their task as difficult as I could. I am good GS skier, and this Super G was a lot like a GS- I was just not able to find the rhythm on top and it was over for me.”
Didier Cuche will officially flip the skis for one last time in the Giant Slalom on Saturday. With his illustrious career nearing its end, how does he feel? “I am feeling ok now, I am still looking forward to the GS on Saturday and am just happy that at the moment I am able to have my emotions under control.”
Matthias Mayer lead home four HEAD World Cup Rebels with seventh place. Kjetil Jansrud took eighth, Didier Cuche ninth and Ted Ligety in tenth.
1. Christof Innerhofer (ITA)
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
7. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
8. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
9. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
10. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
16. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
23. Stephan Keppler (GER) HEAD