Svindal secures Lauberhorn Classic
Svindal reflected after the race that he had been fortunate with the weather. Fog caused a lengthy delay that affected the runs of Guillermo Fayed and Kjetil Jansrud. “Had I started when Jansrud went, I would not be sitting here having won,” Svindal explained after the race. There was no arguing that his run was one of the great runs down the Lauberhorn.
Racing Manager for HEAD, Rainer Salzgeber felt that it could have been even better for the team as Beat Feuz hit a stone damaging his right ski, Salzgeber commented “I would expect him to be on the podium without that problem.” Feuz “was skiing really impressive after only three days downhill skiing and then here,” Salzgeber continued.
Feuz explained that this was “my first race as yesterday was only a training run. It was really good but sadly a stone damaged my ski. I am very happy though with how things have gone.” Feuz finished 11th.
After finishing third in the Alpine Combined, Adrien Theaux was hoping for a repeat performance in the Downhill but admitted to making a mistake at the Brueckli S and that cost him his chance. “The course was different for each racer,” explained Theaux regarding the weather before adding that he could have been closer had he not cut the corner too much and scrubbed off speed.
Having taken time out from the racing after Val Gardena, Erik Guay was back on the skis in Wengen. “Wengen is never easy, I am still trying to find my rhythm,” he explained. “If I look at the splits there are some really good splits and some really poor splits. I look at Aksel’s run and that was phenomenal, he put down a great run. I took a three week break and am paying the price right now.“
So Svindal leaves Wengen 180 World Cup points better off. He now leads the Downhill standings by 208 points from Guillermo Fayed and has a fifteen point lead in the Overall.
On looking towards Kitzbuehel Svindal commented “between Kjetil and I as we share skis, we have the best downhill skis in the World … and that is HEAD.”
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Hannes Reichelt
3. Klaus Kroell
7. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
11. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
12. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
14. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
21. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
22. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
23. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
27. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
29. Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) HEAD