Theaux continues HEAD dominance of Downhill & Holdener strikes in Lienz
The changes made to the course this year along with the thin snow cover and dark light, made this one of the most challenging course of the year. It is a course that challenges the racer with its changes of terrain and great technical expertise required by the racer.
After the race Theaux explained “It’s a nice course. I like these conditions. It’s very hard, but if the result fits, then that’s okay. The form fits – today I have given everything from the start. Today you could see nothing, it was extremely difficult. Of course it’s nice to end the year with a victory.”
“I am very happy about my race today”, added Théaux. “It’s a fight everywhere on the course, when you cross the line, you don’t know your time, it’s impossible to know if you are fast or not. I am happy because I tried to push a lot on the top and, yeah, it was good. It was perfect.”
Theaux continued that he had had a good feeling in the training runs yet had decided to push it even more in the race. Despite a mistake near the finish, he had enough in reserve to take a deserved win.
With Aksel Lund Svindal taking seventh, Ben Thomsen eighth and Guillermo Fayed ninth, the HEAD World Cup Rebels were pushing it to the limit.
The win lifts Theaux up into fifth in the season long Downhill standings that are dominated by HEAD racers: Svindal leads, Jansrud second and Fayed third. Svindal moves back into top spot in the Overall standings as well. The Men’s HEAD World Cup Rebels Team are now exactly 1000 points ahead of the next manufacturer in the race to be best brand in the Men’s races!
Next up for the men is the Slalom in Zagreb after New Year.
1. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
2. Hannes Reichelt
3. David Poisson
7. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
8. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
9. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
16. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
20. Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) HEAD
21. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
27. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
30. Silvano Varettoni (ITA) HEAD
Holdener strikes in Lienz
Wendy Holdener produced a performance she could only describe as “crazy” in taking second in the Women’s World Cup Slalom in Lienz. Holdener was only just off the lead after the first run and then put the hammer down on the second to take the lead with just first run leader Frida Hansdotter to come. Holdener edged closer to her maiden win but was happy to take second with Petra Vlhova third and Carmen Thalmann taking fourth for the HEAD World Cup Rebels.
A year to the day since Holdener took third place in the Women’s World Cup Slalom in Kuhtai, this matched her best World Cup result (Ofterschwang in 2013). After the race she described her feelings “It is crazy, a stone fell from my heart. It is nice to be back. I felt really good all day and I remembered all the feelings from last year, a lot were the same and I thought that was a good sign! I did it!”
“It was an amazing day for me. I had two great runs and I am so happy,” Carmen Thalmann explained after the race. After placing fifth in Aspen, fourth place for the HEAD World Cup Rebel was a great result. Thalmann is now chasing her first World Cup podium she added after declaring that she was not sure why her results had improved so much this season: “Maybe my first run was not so good,” she admitted, “but I am happy with fourth place.” Thalmann battled up from tenth after the first run.
In front of a huge cheering crowd, the performance of both Wendy Holdener and Carmen Thalmann gave Christian Greber, Racing Manager for the HEAD World Cup Women’s team, huge satisfaction at the end of the race. After the race he explained: “It has been a perfect weekend! Lara’s win yesterday and then today we have second and fourth with Wendy and Carmen. It is really great.”
Greber continued that he is delighted to see the steps forward being made with the Slalom ski. “The ski is working well,” he explained, “all the year it is a challenge to bring the athletes forward. It is a goal from HEAD and it is a goal from the athletes. It is all working together!”
Holdener moves up to fifth in the Slalom standings with this hugely impressive second place while Thalmann is now joint seventh. HEAD World Cup Rebel Lara Gut leads the Overall standings ahead of Lindsey Vonn. The HEAD Women’s racers end 2015 at the top of the pile in the race for the Manufacturers prize.
1. Frida Hansdotter
2. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
3. Petra Vlhova
4. Carmen Thalmann (AUT) HEAD
16. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD
20. Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE) HEAD
25. Denise Feierabend (SUI) HEAD
26. Taina Barioz (FRA) HEAD