Feuz adds Garmisch-Partenkirchen podium to his success story
With the only training run having been carried out in soft conditions, race day saw the slope with hard icy conditions though with great visibility. With Aksel Lund Svindal not racing due to injury, the question of which of the HEAD World Cup Rebels would step up to the mark was there.
While Kline had set an early mark, Feuz was getting closer and closer the whole way down. The way he managed to get the maximum power from his skis on the run in to the finish was impressive, this really was a case of pushing it to the limit. Feuz crossed the line at the end of his run just shy of the time set earlier by Kline.
Talking after the race, Feuz put his superb form since his come back down to the “feeling that I have from the knee down,” he explained. “Kitzbuehel was hard as well as spectacular but for me Garmisch is the perfect downhill,” he added before paying tribute to the work his girlfriend, who works as a physiotherapist, had put in.
While Feuz was happy with third place, Adrien Theaux was just four hundredths away from a podium place but in fifth place. Having been fourth in Kitzbuehel last week, this was hard for Theaux to take, he explained after the race. “The result was not what I expected last week and today it is so close to the podium but that is the game, that is why we love this sport,” adding “it is my fault as I did not push enough on the top but this was my target too as if you are too straight you can lose a lot of time.”
Ben Thomsen had been a little surprised by his training run and how fast it had been. He had approached the run in a relaxed frame of mind and decided to carry this on for the race. Thomsen, who shares a lot of information with Erik Guay took 12th place.
Guay was on an awesome run, pushing it to the limit but made an error in his choice of line he admitted before missing a gate. Guay had the fastest split just prior to this error. After discussing things with his coach following Kitzbuehel, Guay has raised his game and now feels to back to his best.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels hold places One (Svindal), Three (Theaux), Four (Fayed) and Six (Jansrud) in the Downhill standings with Feuz in 11th after racing in just three races this season.
1. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde
2. Bastjan Kline
3. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
5. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
12. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
17. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
17. Andrew Weibrecht (NOR) HEAD
19. Andreas Romar (FIN) HEAD
20. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
22. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
25. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
29. Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) HEAD