Didier Cuche effordlessly on top in first Chamonix training

02 February 2012 14:52

CHAMONIX, France- Since announcing his retirement after the season, Didier Cuche seems to be on a roll. With a time of 2 minutes, 05.05 seconds he was the man to beat in Thursday’s first Downhill training in Chamonix. Even though he got up and started braking before the finish line no one managed to ski faster then the Swiss veteran. Romed Baumann finished in second place, .26 seconds behind Cuche, while Andrej Sporn stayed third, .30 seconds off the leader.

“I seems to be getting quite a bit of back wind since Kitzbuchel,” Cuche said jokingly. “Maybe it’s how I’m getting pushed out.”

As we have witnessed so many times before this season, a morning fog forced race officials to delay the start by 45 minutes. Luckily, things started to clear out and the training eventually kicked off at 12.45. Even though there were rather heavy snowfalls in Chamonix in the past couple of days, the courses proved to be in really good conditions this morning.

“It was a bit slow but really nice to ski today,” Sporn said. “Apart form a few gates where visibility might not have been great, it was really good. At some points you couldn’t see more than 100-200 meters but it was where you were supposed to go straight anyway. On the jumps and turns there really weren’t any problems.”

With only Manuel Kramer falling on his side and stopping before hitting the net, today’s training was an extremely smooth one. This is sure great news since there was an uncommonly high number of racers on start (83), among them some tech specialists mainly focused on the Super Combined event scheduled for Sunday.

Tomorrow the Kandahar is stepping in to replace the cancelled Saslong- Val Gardena Downhill and with guys like Cuche, Feuz, Kroell, Reichelt, Miller and others still in the run for the discipline globe, it might be an intense race.

The race is scheduled to kick off at noon.

Full results from today’s training run can be found here.

by Ana Jelusic