Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr won the Wengen (Switzerland) downhill, one of the most prestigious alpine skiing events, on Saturday, 19 January, by scrapping local beat Feuz by only 14 / 100th. .
Kriechmayr won in 2 min 28 sec 36 / 100th, on the longest descent of the circuit (4.27 km). Taking the title, Feuz seemed to be able to win for the 3rd time in the Bernese Alps, ahead of the Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, winner in 2016. But the Austrian of 27, who started two bibs later, came to sign the best time.
Switzerland, however, takes the opportunity to largely consolidate its first place in the overall standings of the Downhill World Cup. Second overall in the specialty before this race, the Austrian Max Franz fell.
The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, despite a big bib (17), finished in 3rd place, 26 / 100th of the winner, just ahead of his compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal (+ 52 / 100th).
The French have never been in the tempo. The first of them, Johan Clarey, points to 12th place at 1 sec 33 / 100th. At 38, Clarey is still the speed record holder on a World Cup race (161.9 km / h), set in January 2013 on this Wengen track.
Adrien Théaux finished in 18th place while Brice Roger was inserted in 14th place. Matthieu Bailet fell on the end of the race, without gravity.
"Kriechmayr did a great run, I was pretty good"replied Feuz. "I did not necessarily have a good feeling everywhere and I made mistakes on key passages. But finishing second behind Kriechmayr, it's still a good result »added the Bern skier, who won this season at Beaver Creek.
Thousands of Swiss spectators ignited when their favorite crossed the line. Because they are few to dominate the descent of the Lauberhorn, the oldest and longest descent of the circuit, but also one of the most grueling where the greatest have emerged, the Austrian Franz Klammer three times between 1975 and 1977, to the Luxembourger Marc Girardelli, via the Swiss Bruno Kernen who left his name to one of the turns.
The fourth victory of Kiechmayr
This is Kiechmayr's fourth victory (27 years) in his career, the second in downhill. The skier from Linz took the opportunity to climb to 2nd place in the standings of the discipline, at nearly 100 points however Feuz.
The last Austrian to win at Wengen, at the foot of the three peaks (Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau), was Hannes Reichelt in 2015. Winner at the end of December in Bormio (Italy), the descent as the super-G, the Italian Dominik Paris settled for 11th place.
The race was interrupted for long minutes due to the fall of the other Italian Emanuele Buzzi. The 24-year-old transalpine, who started with bib number 25, crossed the finish line with the 6th time, the best place in his career, but he fell in the finish area, going into the protections.
After about fifteen minutes of care, he was evacuated on a stretcher and the race could resume. The Italian suffered a fracture of the tibial plateau, in the right knee and will be transferred to Italy to be operated, announced the organizers.
The descenders will continue the trilogy of January with the descents of Kitzbühel (Austria) and Schladming (Germany).