Svindal wins final Downhill of the season
With so much depending on the final race of the season in terms of the race for the Downhill Crystal Globe and the race for the Overall Globe, it was a past winner of the Overall Globe who came to the front to win the race. Aksel Lund Svindal had crashed out in the training run yet the HEAD World Cup Rebel picked himself up and gave the rest of the field a lesson in downhill racing as he won the race comfortably by over half a second.
The race was billed as a shoot out between Didier Cuche, Beat Feuz and Klaus Kroell for the Downhill Globe. Didier Cuche, retiring after the World Cup Finals, was the first to go out of the three and having won the training run, was deemed to be the favourite for the Globe. Sadly the script did not have Cuche going on to win the race as a few small errors crept in and then he slide onto his inside and scrubbed a load speed. With this went his chances of a fifth Downhill Globe.
Kroell came down and posted 6th but when Feuz took second in the race Feuz required two racers to fit in between him and Kroell for the title to go Switzerland’s way. It was not to be.
Cuche, as ever, was magnanimous in defeat and will try to win a final Globe of his career in the Super G in the morning. “I made a mistake by attacking too much at the top and then put too much pressure on my left ski and then went on my inside,” he explained after the race. Cuche added “the excitement was there, I tried everything.”
For Svindal, this was a first World Cup downhill win since winning in are in 2009. This win also brings Svindal back into contention for the Overall as he now trails Beat Feuz by 199 points with three races left. On his run, Svindal reflected: “From top to bottom this was a good run,” he explained, “The snow was much better at the top and I was able to generate a lot of speed.”
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Beat Feuz (SUI)
3. Hannes Reichelt (AUT)
10. Benjamin Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
17. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD