The Sun shines on Svindal in Kitzbuehel Super G
With the Super G being both a stand alone event and also the speed section of the Alpine Combined, this was a great result for Svindal in the race for the Overall. After the run he explained “It is going just fine at the moment, but that’s self-explanatory. The gaps between racers are quite small so I have to give gas in the slalom. I have to find the fastest line.”
“You never get used to winning races,” Svindal admitted. “This is a pretty cool feeling still, watching the best guys come down right behind me with Kjetil [Jansrud] and Hannes [Reichelt]. I knew it would be pretty tight, and it’s always nerve-wracking to be in that position, but it’s fun when it pays off.”
With Weibrecht in second, Jansrud in fourth, this was a great day for the HEAD World Cup Rebels. “I couldn’t be happier, it’s awesome,” a pleased Weibrecht said after his run. “You know, growing up, everybody thinks about getting on the podium in Kitzbuehel and today is a dream come true. I’ve just really been trying to keep it simple and just keep things running down the hill and it was a great course for that.”
Having made his return to racing in Wengen the previous weekend, Beat Feuz declared that he would race in the Downhill after the race: “I have to be more or less satisfied with the result. My hopes are to go even faster and better. In the downhill I’ll start, I’m racer and love to go racing.” Fuez posted the 16th best time just ahead Johan Clarey.
After a super impressive downhill training run best time the day before, Mattia Casse placed seventh and Alexis Pinturault took thirteenth spot but in a good position to attack for the slalom section of the Alpine Combined. Georg Streitberger took 14th.
Svindal’s run was powerful at the top as he craved his way through the icy sections yet just prior to the finish he almost got the line fatally wrong but was able to get back on line through his strength and used the power of his skis to cross the line still in the lead. This was pushing it to the limit to secure the win.
Win number 15 in Super G gives him a great platform for the Alpine Combined section but also sees him extend his lead in the Overall to 107 points. Svindal leads in the Super G as well.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
3. Hannes Reichelt
4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
7. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
13. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
14. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
16. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
17. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
28. Ralph Weber (SUI) HEAD