Théaux wins the tough Santa Caterina downhill
As expected, the 4th downhill of the season was a tough one. Many athletes struggled with the bumps of the Deborah Compagnoni slope of Santa Caterina and were exhausted as they crossed the finish line. The athlete setting the pace on this course is indubitably Adrien Théaux, who finished 1.04 seconds ahead of the others.
"I am very happy about my race today”, said Théaux. “It's a fight everywhere on the race, when you cross the line, you don't know your time, it's impossible to know if you are fast or not. I am happy because I tried to push a lot on the top and, yeah, it was good. It was perfect."
Austria’s Hannes Reichelt claimed the second position in this downhill, after showing strong performances on the two training days. However, like in the past days, the feeling is not really good on this rutty slope.
"Today, the feeling was not so good. I had some parts where I'm really lucky that I'm standing here and didn't have a crash. It was really a tough race today." said Reichelt. "I'm happy about the second place because Adrien made a really good job today, so I couldn't reach first place today. That was the best skiing I had today."
In third, David Poisson surprised everyone. After a medal at the World Championships in Schladming, the Frenchman had a hard time to confirm on the World Cup Tour.
"I'm quite happy because I needed a big run since the beginning of the season" said Poisson. "I take a lot of pleasure from the ski, but I always made some mistakes so it's not so good for the confidence. Today I said, 'OK, normally the conditions are good for you so just go, just try, forget your brain' I'm quite happy because the run went not so bad with the conditions. It's really tough, you can't really say you enjoy it, but I know when it's like that I've got a chance."
"It's two French guys on the podium" added Théaux. "He's my teammate and my roommate so it's just amazing. When you win or do a podium alone it's good, but it's different because the other guys are not like this. Today is just amazing."
The men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup takes a short New Year’s break and will be back in Santa Caterina on 6th January for the replacement slalom from Zagreb.