Svindal bests Bormio downhill


Podium in Bormio (GEPA/Daniel Goetzhaber)

Podium in Bormio (GEPA/Daniel Goetzhaber)

In its brief 20 year history, the Stelvio race track high above Bormio, Italy has earned its reputation as a tough test of downhill skills. It features high speeds, big airs, a series of tight super G turns, and it is intimidating. Weather doesn’t usually factor in. This season changed that scenario.

The start of the downhill race was delayed by an overnight snowstorm that dropped 10cm in town and significantly more on the course higher up. Early arrivals for inspection had power skiing at the edges of the race hill while the military skied the soft snow off the track. It was still snowing at the top of the course when the race finally started, and though the times were considerably slower than the final training run, it was quickly evident risk was required to walk away from Bormio with the win.

It also took some strength, which tour leader and favorite Viking Aksel Lund Svindal supplied in abundance.

Svindal — second fastest (but well within range) through the first four of five interval timers, closed the deal over the final section when many racers appeared gassed by the strain of the course. Entering the final section, his skis bounced over a rough, icy surface that had worked its way up through the fresh snow, and Svindal let his skis run, trusted them to provide the grip he would need and regained control as well as an impressive .51 of a second lead. That lead would shrink slightly after Hannes Reichelt, the next skier on course, finished as runner-up.

It would become Svindal’s 25th career World Cup win and fourth of the season as he padded his lead in the overall standings to 195points and 291points over the idle technical skiers Marcel Hirscher and Ted Ligety.

Reichelt, involved in a tie for the win here last season, was second with Canadian Erik Guay putting down a courageous textbook quality run for third, .51 off the winning time. Guay was pumped for several reasons, not the least of which was becoming the all-time Canadian leader with 21 World Cup podiums.

“I thought I skied a great race,” he said, “at least on top.” He suggested he gave the race away on the lower reaches of the track with less than perfect skiing.

Svindal, ever the gentleman, suggested he had gotten the benefit of clearing weather conditions.

“It is going well. It’s very exciting when you can ride almost every weekend for the win and it’s also fun,” said Svindal. “I believe that the top group had a bit of luck today. The snowfall was significantly less. Today it was an advantage, but sometimes the high number is a disadvantage.”

There was proof of improving conditions for the later starters. Matthias Mayer managed fifth from a start seven places after Svindal. Guillermo Fayed posted seventh from the 46th start position. Sillvano Varettoni in bib 30 finished ninth and bib 45 also made the top 10 as Markus Duerager tied American Travis Ganong.

Ganong had been the second skier out of the start, skiing very cleanly and with conviction through a thick snowfall to take and carry the early lead.

Seems that this year conditions are always changing and I can’t seem to get on the right side of it,” said Ganong. “Today, I skied perfect. It was snowing so hard I was plowing through snow the whole way.  I pushed hard and stuck to all my plan, (made) no big mistakes. I felt strong, wasn’t tired at all, which is not normal for Bormio. From where I started I’m so happy with my result.”

Bode Miller, celebrating a course he professes to like, launched an overly aggressive hard charging run that held some promise, but after dragging a hand in the snow well up the course he never regained enough speed to challenge. He finished 35th, out of the points.

Marco Sullivan, however, did pick up points with a 22nd-place finish, less than two seconds off the winning time.

See more photos from the race in our gallery.

 

The Scoop

Men’s World Cup downhill, Bormio, Italy, Dec. 29, 2013

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Svindal, Head/Head/Head

2 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

3 Guay, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

4 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

5 Mayer, Head/Head/Head

6 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

7 Fayed, Head/Head/Head

7 Defago, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

9 Varettoni, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

10 Duerager, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

10 Ganong, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Men’s World Cup downhill, Bormio, Italy, Dec. 29, 2013. … It is the 13th of 34 races on the men’s schedule. … The fourth of nine scheduled downhills. It is the 54th World Cup race hosted at Bormio, the 25th downhill.

It is the 25th career World Cup win for Aksel Lund Svindal, extending the Norwegian record. … It is his eighth World Cup downhill win and his first in Italy. … It is his fourth World Cup win of the season and second in DH after winning Beaver Creek Dec. 6.

It is the 26th career World Cup podium for Hannes Riechelt, his third of the season. It is his third podium scored at Bormio including a tie for first last season.

It is a Canadian record 21 World Cup podium results for Erik Guay… his second since Dec. 21. It is his first podium at Bormio, though he was fourth in the 2011 DH.

It is the third career World Cup top 10 for Travis Ganong… his second scored at Bormio. … Jan Hudec finished right in the middle of his career, at 32nd best of 64 World Cup scores. … His fifth best of the season and his second best scored at Bormio after finishing third Dec. 29, 2007. … It is the seventh time Manuel Osborne-Paradis has scored at Bormio. … It is the seventh time Marco Sullivan has scored at Bormio. … It is the fourth career scoring result for Conrad Pridy… his second of the season.

Aksel Lund Svindal extends his World Cup overall standings lead to 630-435 over Marcel Hirscher (did not race). … Ted Ligety (did not race) is third overall with 329pts. … Guay is top Canadian in seventh with 261pts… Bode Miller is eighth with 230pts. … Svindal leads the downhill standings 300-207 over Guay with Reichelt in third with 180pts. … Miller is top American in the DH standings in 16th with 80pts.

Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 2172-1453 over France. … Italy is third with 1214pts. … The U.S. is fifth at 836pts and Canada seventh with 652pts.

 

Results 

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  20  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:54.08  0.00
 2  21  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:54.47  4.68
 3  17  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:54.59  6.12
 4  22  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:54.97  10.69
 5  27  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:55.04  11.53
 6  16  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:55.06  11.77
 7  46  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:55.21  13.57
 7  5  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:55.21  13.57
 9  30  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  1:55.22  13.69
 10  45  53936 DUERAGER Markus 1990 AUT  1:55.26  14.17
 10  2  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:55.26  14.17
 12  26  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:55.28  14.41
 13  13  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:55.30  14.65
 14  28  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CAN  1:55.41  15.97
 15  14  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:55.61  18.37
 16  43  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:55.62  18.49
 17  1  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:55.74  19.94
 18  24  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:55.76  20.18
 18  8  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:55.76  20.18
 20  29  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT  1:55.86  21.38
 21  11  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:55.88  21.62
 22  23  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:55.89  21.74
 23  48  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:55.90  21.86
 24  6  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:56.05  23.66
 25  9  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:56.14  24.74
 26  54  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI  1:56.17  25.10
 27  19  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:56.20  25.46
 28  3  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:56.28  26.42
 29  52  201606 KEPPLER Stephan 1983 GER  1:56.37  27.50
 29  51  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  1:56.37  27.50
 31  47  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:56.42  28.10
 32  59  102961 DIXON Robbie 1985 CAN  1:56.43  28.22
 33  56  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:56.44  28.34
 34  18  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:56.45  28.46
 35  10  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:56.46  28.58
 36  60  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:56.47  28.70
 37  55  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:56.50  29.06
 38  64  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:56.58  30.02
 39  37  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:56.61  30.38
 40  7  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:56.68  31.22
 41  33  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:56.69  31.34
 42  15  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:56.78  32.42
 43  34  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  1:56.80  32.66
 44  12  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:56.86  33.39
 45  39  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:56.96  34.59
 46  25  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:57.07  35.91
 47  32  201811 STECHERT Tobias 1985 GER  1:57.08  36.03
 48  58  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo 1988 ITA  1:57.10  36.27
 49  31  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:57.20  37.47
 50  53  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre 1985 FRA  1:57.24  37.95
 51  4  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  1:57.37  39.51
 52  35  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:57.41  39.99
 53  38  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:57.57  41.91
 54  40  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:57.63  42.63
 55  49  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:57.71  43.59
 56  63  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:57.74  43.95
 57  57  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  1:57.85  45.27
 58  66  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:57.88  45.63
 59  65  194368 RAFFORT Nicolas 1991 FRA  1:57.99  46.96
 60  41  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:58.07  47.92
 61  44  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:58.34  51.16
 62  62  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:58.56  53.80
Did not finish 1st run
 67  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR
 61  201987 STRODL Andreas 1987 GER
 50  53837 KRAMER Manuel 1989 AUT
 42  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS
 36  934518 DANIELS Nick 1991 USA

 

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