KITZBÜHEL – KITZBÜFor the second time in three days, Beat Feuz triumphed in a race that he had unsuccessfully tried to win for a decade.
The Swiss skier received this weekend’s second males’s World Cup downhill on the Streif course Sunday, repeating his victory from two days earlier.
The back-to-back wins got here after Feuz, who first raced right here in 2010, completed runner-up within the conventional race 4 occasions prior to now 5 seasons.
“It is very particular. Two wins in Kitzbühel this week, that’s unimaginable, and an extremely good feeling,” Feuz mentioned.
No Swiss skier had received Austria’s signature ski race since Didier Cuche earned the final of his 5 victories right here in 2012.
Sunday’s race was interrupted for a couple of minutes due to flat gentle as low clouds moved in simply earlier than Feuz was set to start out.
Not distracted by the extra ready time, he excelled primarily within the backside a part of the course as he beat Johan Clarey by 0.17 seconds.
“The run was good, however I didn’t suppose on the end it may very well be sufficient,” Feuz mentioned.
The Swiss 2017 world champion trailed Clarey’s time by 0.42 halfway by means of his run earlier than he mastered the ultimate part.
The 40-year-old Frenchman turned the oldest skier on a downhill podium within the 54-year historical past of the World Cup.
“A victory can be higher however I’m behind one of the best downhiller of the previous 5 years,” mentioned Clarey, who has eighth profession podiums however has by no means received a World Cup race.
Within the closing coaching session Thursday, Clarey crashed at full pace into the boarding close to the end, however he escaped unijured and completed fourth within the race the following day.
Austria’s Matthias Mayer, who received the race final 12 months and got here runner-up to Feuz on Friday, completed 0.38 behind in third.
Working their means again from accidents, Christof Innerhofer positioned fourth and his Italian teammate Dominik Paris, who has received the race thrice, completed seventh.
Travis Ganong led the U.S. ski crew in twelfth, 1.35 behind.
Whereas Friday’s race on the identical course was marred by dangerous crashes involving Swiss skier Urs Kryenbühl and Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the US, solely three of 52 racers failed to complete Sunday’s downhill and all prevented accidents.
Organizers had lowered the ultimate leap, the place Kryenbühl crashed in Friday’s race, which had been rescheduled from one other iconic resort, Wengen in Switzerland.
As skies cleared once more in Sunday’s occasion, some late starters had clearer visibility and got here near the occasions of the top-ranked racers, most notably Florian Schieder.
The Italian, sporting bib No. 50, led Feuz by greater than 1 / 4 of a second for the primary 4 splits however in the end completed 1.43 seconds behind in 14th.
The outcome made Feuz the primary downhiller to win two races this season, after Martin Cater of Slovenia, total champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Mayer received the opposite occasions.
Feuz and Mayer went 1-2 within the season standings with Kilde in fourth, although the Norwegian is out for the season after damaging his knee in a coaching crash every week in the past.
Feuz received the season-long downhill title the previous three seasons.
“I don’t look again at outcomes, I’m simply having fun with the way in which I’m snowboarding once more now,” mentioned Feuz, who was tenth within the earlier downhill, in Italy in December.
The race within the Austrian Alps is likely one of the marquee occasions on the lads’s World Cup calendar and is often attended by as much as 50,000 spectators, although no followers had been allowed this 12 months amid tight anti-coronavirus measures.
The race was postponed by a day due to dangerous climate Saturday, pushing again the initially scheduled super-G to Monday.
There might be yet another World Cup downhill, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Feb. 6, earlier than subsequent month’s world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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