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

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 14 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:57.68
 2 18 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:57.89 +0.21
 3 15 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:57.97 +0.29
 3 5 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:57.97 +0.29
 5 51 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:58.13 +0.45
 6 13 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:58.52 +0.84
 7 9 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:58.66 +0.98
 8 25 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:58.69 +1.01
 9 29 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:58.74 +1.06
 10 16 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:58.75 +1.07
 11 26 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:58.80 +1.12
 11 21 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:58.80 +1.12
 13 22 50858STREITBERGER Georg1981AUT 1:58.85 +1.17
 13 4 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:58.85 +1.17
 15 3 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:58.99 +1.31
 16 50 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:59.01 +1.33
 17 24 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:59.12 +1.44
 18 1 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:59.18 +1.50
 19 31 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:59.20 +1.52
 20 20 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:59.28 +1.60
 21 10 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:59.45 +1.77
 22 6 511383FEUZ Beat1987SUI 1:59.60 +1.92
 23 65 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:59.63 +1.95
 24 46 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:59.67 +1.99
 25 55 293550MARSAGLIA Matteo1985ITA 1:59.86 +2.18
 26 23 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:59.89 +2.21
 27 17 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:59.92 +2.24
 28 35 53933SCHWEIGER Patrick1990AUT 1:59.95 +2.27
 29 27 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 2:00.20 +2.52
 30 53 930024MAPLE Wiley1990USA 2:00.31 +2.63
 31 19 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 2:00.39 +2.71
 32 39 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 2:00.48 +2.80
 33 36 53981KROELL Johannes1991AUT 2:00.51 +2.83
 34 40 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 2:00.67 +2.99
 35 56 294904PANGRAZZI Paolo1988ITA 2:00.69 +3.01
 36 33 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 2:00.70 +3.02
 37 30 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 2:00.81 +3.13
 38 52 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 2:00.95 +3.27
 39 59 51332SCHEIBER Florian1987AUT 2:01.05 +3.37
 40 66 103612PRIDY Morgan1990CAN 2:01.16 +3.48
 40 48 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 2:01.16 +3.48
 42 54 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 2:01.36 +3.68
 43 45 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN 2:01.69 +4.01
 44 43 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 2:01.70 +4.02
 45 47 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 2:01.88 +4.20
 46 42 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 2:02.04 +4.36
 47 38 293141VARETTONI Silvano1984ITA 2:02.10 +4.42
 48 2 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 2:02.59 +4.91
 49 37 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 2:02.74 +5.06
 50 62 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 2:03.07 +5.39
 51 58 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 2:03.37 +5.69
 52 61 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 2:03.70 +6.02
 53 57 54009WALDER Christian1991AUT 2:04.09 +6.41
 54 60 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 2:04.54 +6.86
 55 67 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 2:04.66 +6.98
 56 64 6290393CAZZANIGA Davide1992ITA 2:04.75 +7.07
 57 34 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 2:04.80 +7.12
 58 41 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 2:05.00 +7.32
 59 68 561310HROBAT Miha1995SLO 2:05.35 +7.67
 60 69 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 2:05.42 +7.74
 61 70 670052KHUBER Martin1992KAZ 2:05.72 +8.04
 62 73 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI 2:05.96 +8.28
 63 12 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 3:40.02 +1:42.34
 64 8 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 8:25.31 +6:27.63
Did not start 1st run
 78 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK
 77 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA
 76 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI
 75 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA
 74 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK
 72 6290845BOSCA Guglielmo1993ITA
 63 6290985BUZZI Emanuele1994ITA
 49 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA
 44 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER
 32 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA
 28 150398BANK Ondrej1980CZE
Did not finish 1st run
 71 54080NEUMAYER Christopher1992AUT
 11 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA
 7 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT

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