Svindal adds Kitzbuehel to his list of successes
Aksel Lund Svindal could not be denied his first Classic win in Kitzbuehel. Having raced 33 times at Kitzbuehel and Wengen, the HEAD World Cup Rebel added the Kitzbuehel Super G to his list of achievements. “You hear it in every interview,” Svindal said. ”Today I've managed to take the pressure and use it.” With Mathias Mayer second and Christof Innerhofer in third, Kjetil Jansrud (4th), Ted Ligety (6th) and Johan Clarey (7th equal) made it a great day for the HEAD World Cup Rebels.
While Svindal is the wearer of the red bib for the leader in the World Cup, for Mathias Mayer, this was his first World Cup podium and he said after the race: “It is crazy,” a wide eyed Mayer said. “You have to take much risk to get down. I'm not for pointless risk, but if you know it's going (well) you have to show it.” Mayer had come down into the lead and seeing the number one on the board next to his name was a “feeling of happiness, of insanity,” he explained after the race.
Kitzbuehel has a unique setting normally but with the French coach, Patrice Morisad, setting a course that caught many of the racers out, 15 failed to finish, this was a course that deserved the attention of the racers. Coming into the race, Svindal had admitted that Kitzbuehel is something that has his attention though he still gets nervous.
This was Svindal’s 20th career win yet surprisingly his first in Kitzbuehel. With the winner of the race having their name on their own Gondola on the Hahnenkammbahn, Svindal felt that the pressure was off now. With a 171 point lead in the Super G standings, just Mayer and Matteo Marsaglia can now deprive Svindal of defending his Super G World Cup with just two races left.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Mathias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
3. Christof Innerhofer (ITA)
4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
6. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
7. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
11. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
26. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD
28. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD