The winner of the first Streif descent this weekend has been determined. The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde drives the best time in the Kitzbühel downhill ahead of the French Johan Clarey (+0.42) and Blaise Giezendanner. The Frenchman sensationally knocked Matthias Mayer off the podium. Kilde was in a class of his own on the shortened descent. For him it was the 12th World Cup success. “It’s incredible! I don’t understand it at all – that I’m so fast in Kitzbühel. Kitzbühel is a different feeling when you finish and the spectators are there. But Kitzbühel is Kitzbühel – and it’s unbelievable,” said Kilde, overjoyed after the race.
The best ÖSV runner was Matthias Mayer in fourth place: “It wasn’t exactly ideal with the front number – especially over the Hohlweg. Since it has become faster from runner to runner. My ride was okay – I was able to get a lot out of it, especially down there. You knew it was going to be a volatile day with the weather,” Mayer said after the race.
Beat Feuz, one of the top favorites, had to settle for seventh place. The second best Austrian was Daniel Hemetsberger in tenth place (+1.26). Vincent Kriechmayr finished outside the top ten in 12th place (+1.47). Dominik Paris was also one of the top favourites. He ended up lagging behind in 22nd place, 2.22 seconds down. The second descent in Kitzbühel is scheduled for Sunday at 1.30 p.m.