Feuz marks his comeback to competitiveness with second in Kitzbuehel

Feuz was extremely realistic and honest when he said after the race“It’s always really hard to watch your fellow racers crash, and it definitely was a shadow on the day,” said Feuz. “On one hand, I’m happy with my podium result and to be back among the top racers, but it’s not a big celebration feeling right now.”

After the race it was announced that despite having walked away from his huge crash that saw him fly through the air before crashing through the netting below Hausbergkante, Aksel Lund Svindal had injured his right knee. Svindal would be operated on the night of the race and the likelihood was that his season was over. The lead of 107 points in the Overall may not stand the test of time but his lead in the Downhill standings may stand the test of time.

Georg Streitberger’s crash saw him damage his ACL and was operated on immediately.

After 30 racers had left the start, the flat light and light snow falling meant that the race was called off. With Mattia Casse, winner of the last training run, still to go, the hopes of later runners, like Ralph Weber, of jumping into the top thirty were dashed.

Johan Clarey made a welcome return to form as he placed fourth. “I am glad to be in one piece at the end of the race,” he explained. “It was so difficult to watch and to race but its downhill and its Kitzbuehel. They did everything they could to get the race and it is weird to see the race stopped after 30.” Clarey added “I am happy with fourth.”

Clarey was not sure if it was the right decision to stop the race yet other racers, like Kjetil Jansrud felt it was. Jansrud has been on the wrong end of the weather in the last two races and today the light made racing impossible he felt.

A lowered start, bad weather and three big crashes.

 

Results

1. Peter Fill
2. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
3. Carlo Janka
4. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
8. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
11. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
13. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
14. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
19. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
21. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD

 

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