KITZBUEHEL,AUSTRIA,19.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, men. Image shows Adrien Theaux (FRA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Kitzbuehel was blessed by Mother Nature and offered amazing winter landscapes for the first men’s downhill training run on the legendary Streif.

The fastest time was clocked by Frenchman Adrien Theaux, at 1:57:68 seconds. The winner from Santa Caterina immediately made his mark on the Streif and loves everything Kitzbuehel has to offer.

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“I like it when you need to battle to cross the finish line,” said Theaux. “I actually don’t like the road and the two flat turns right after, I’m always losing time there. Kitzbuehel is magic, the atmosphere is great and for us athletes it’s always a unique moment when we ski the Streif. We all try to have our name on one of the gondolas here. It’s something I’ve been chasing since I’m a kid, so I’m looking forward to the race days.”

Theaux was followed by 2014 Hahnenkamm winner Hannes Reichelt. Austria’s World Champion is not absolutely comfortable on this year’s slope and didn’t push too hard in this first training run.

“The upper part is great,” said Reichelt. “It becomes tough at the Steilhang, Hausbergkante and Traverse. You really need courage to go over these ones. Today I didn’t push the limits and I was already bounced around by the course. It’s part of the game. We don’t expect highways and that’s what makes it interesting, but I hope that some parts will be rounded off. “

This season’s King of Speed Aksel Lund Svindal shared third place with French young gun Maxence Muzaton, whose career best performance so far is a 11thplace finish in Kitzbuehel last year.

“The first training turned out well,” said Svindal. “As always in Kitzbuehel it’s not easy and not free of risks, so I didn’t give it all. Like for all the athletes, the first run on the Streif has to be well thought out. The line was OK, but I’ll definitively have to risk more and push hard on race day. But it was a good start for me.”

American Travis Ganong led the way for the Americans in sixth place, 0.84 seconds off of Theaux’s pace.

Austrian Max Franz, currently 10th in the downhill standings, tumbled out of control on the lower section of the course and will unfortunately miss the next eight weeks – effectively ending his season – after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury sustained during the fall. Franz also injured his left wrist in his tumble into the nets on the Streif.

A rest day is scheduled for tomorrow before the second and last training run on Thursday. The action-packed program includes the super G and alpine combined on Friday, the traditional Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday, and the slalom on Sunday.


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  14  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:57.68
 2  18  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:57.89  +0.21
 3  15  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:57.97  +0.29
 3  5  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:57.97  +0.29
 5  51  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:58.13  +0.45
 6  13  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:58.52  +0.84
 7  9  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:58.66  +0.98
 8  25  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:58.69  +1.01
 9  29  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:58.74  +1.06
 10  16  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:58.75  +1.07
 11  26  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:58.80  +1.12
 11  21  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:58.80  +1.12
 13  22  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:58.85  +1.17
 13  4  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:58.85  +1.17
 15  3  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:58.99  +1.31
 16  50  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:59.01  +1.33
 17  24  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:59.12  +1.44
 18  1  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:59.18  +1.50
 19  31  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:59.20  +1.52
 20  20  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:59.28  +1.60
 21  10  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:59.45  +1.77
 22  6  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:59.60  +1.92
 23  65  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:59.63  +1.95
 24  46  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:59.67  +1.99
 25  55  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:59.86  +2.18
 26  23  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:59.89  +2.21
 27  17  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:59.92  +2.24
 28  35  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:59.95  +2.27
 29  27  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  2:00.20  +2.52
 30  53  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  2:00.31  +2.63
 31  19  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  2:00.39  +2.71
 32  39  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  2:00.48  +2.80
 33  36  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT  2:00.51  +2.83
 34  40  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  2:00.67  +2.99
 35  56  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo 1988 ITA  2:00.69  +3.01
 36  33  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  2:00.70  +3.02
 37  30  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  2:00.81  +3.13
 38  52  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  2:00.95  +3.27
 39  59  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT  2:01.05  +3.37
 40  66  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  2:01.16  +3.48
 40  48  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  2:01.16  +3.48
 42  54  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  2:01.36  +3.68
 43  45  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  2:01.69  +4.01
 44  43  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  2:01.70  +4.02
 45  47  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  2:01.88  +4.20
 46  42  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  2:02.04  +4.36
 47  38  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  2:02.10  +4.42
 48  2  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  2:02.59  +4.91
 49  37  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  2:02.74  +5.06
 50  62  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  2:03.07  +5.39
 51  58  511808 SCHMED Fernando 1991 SUI  2:03.37  +5.69
 52  61  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  2:03.70  +6.02
 53  57  54009 WALDER Christian 1991 AUT  2:04.09  +6.41
 54  60  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  2:04.54  +6.86
 55  67  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  2:04.66  +6.98
 56  64  6290393 CAZZANIGA Davide 1992 ITA  2:04.75  +7.07
 57  34  103762 WERRY Tyler 1991 CAN  2:04.80  +7.12
 58  41  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  2:05.00  +7.32
 59  68  561310 HROBAT Miha 1995 SLO  2:05.35  +7.67
 60  69  380341 ULLRICH Max 1994 CRO  2:05.42  +7.74
 61  70  670052 KHUBER Martin 1992 KAZ  2:05.72  +8.04
 62  73  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI  2:05.96  +8.28
 63  12  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  3:40.02  +1:42.34
 64  8  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  8:25.31  +6:27.63
Did not start 1st run
 78  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK
 77  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 76  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI
 75  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA
 74  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK
 72  6290845 BOSCA Guglielmo 1993 ITA
 63  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA
 49  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA
 44  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER
 32  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 28  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE
Did not finish 1st run
 71  54080 NEUMAYER Christopher 1992 AUT
 11  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA
 7  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT

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