HEAD World Cup Rebel, Ted Ligety, carved out a lead on the first run in Soelden and then held on to take his third win in a row at Soelden. Not even the strong wind at the top of the Rettenbach Glacier was able put him off as he lead four HEAD World Cup Rebels into the top ten finishers. Aksel Lund Svindal produced a stunning fight back on the second run to take joint fourth with the second fastest second run time. HEAD new boy Cyprien Richard placed eighth with Mathieu Faivre in ninth. Alexis Pinturault took second and Marcel Hirscher third.
Ligety admitted to being a little nervous coming into Soelden, as he did not quite feel ‘dialed in’ to his skis until a few days before the race. Yet come race day, Ligety was ready and while he likes the hill for the fact he does not need to think about tactics due to its consistency, this allowed him to charge.
From start number three on a smooth course, Ligety showed the rest a clean pair of heels and the coped well with the bumps and dark light that he had to encounter for the second run.
For Svindal, he was pleased with his performance as it showed he was on schedule for the season. “The three leading guys are the ones to beat,” he explained, “and I am not far behind them. I had a good day and can take the fight to them.”
Making his debut for HEAD was Cyprien Richard and the Frenchman was really pleased with the work that had gone on by the HEAD technicians to ensure that his kit was ready for him: “It is a very good beginning,” he explained.
Mathieu Faivre was delighted with his second top ten result in the World Cup, his best place of his career.
Soelden also saw the return to the World Cup of Bode Miller. Miller did not disappoint his legions of fans and placed 13th after the first run before dropping to 19th after the second. The conditions had not been ideal on his second run with the wind rising across the lower flat section yet Miller was still satisfied with his first race on the World Cup since February 18, 2012.
Talking after the race, Rainer Salzgeber, HEAD World Cup Rebels Race Manager, grinned as he described how the day had gone: “Not bad, not bad at all!”
The World Cup is back and so too is Mr. GS, Ted Ligety!
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
4= Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
8. Cyprien Richard (FRA) HEAD
9. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
16. Marcel Mathis (AUT) HEAD
19. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
29. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD